Discourse And Ideology In Medieval Japanese Buddhism

Discourse And Ideology In Medieval Japanese Buddhism

by Richard K. Payne
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415359171

ISBN-13: 9780415359177

Pub. Date: 03/21/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The medieval period of Japanese religious history is commonly known as one in which there was a radical transformation of the religious culture. This book suggests an alternate approach to understanding the dynamics of that transformation. One main topic of analysis focuses on what Buddhism - its practices and doctrines, its traditions and institutions - meant for

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The medieval period of Japanese religious history is commonly known as one in which there was a radical transformation of the religious culture. This book suggests an alternate approach to understanding the dynamics of that transformation. One main topic of analysis focuses on what Buddhism - its practices and doctrines, its traditions and institutions - meant for medieval Japanese peoples themselves. This is achieved by using the notions of discourse and ideology and juxtaposing various topics on shared linguistic practices and discursive worlds of medieval Japanese Buddhism.

Collating contributions from outstanding scholars in the field of Buddhist Studies, the editors have created an important work that builds on preliminary work on rethinking the importance and meaning of Kamakura Buddhism published recently in English, and adds greatly to the debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415359177
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/21/2006
Series:
Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Metaphor and theory of cultural change : in search of skillful means for understanding Kamakura Buddhism20
3The Sangoku-Mappo construct : Buddhism, nationalism, and history in medieval Japan31
4Texts, talismans, and jewels : the Reikiki and the performativity of sacred texts in medieval Japan52
5Awakening and language : Indic theories of language in the background of Japanese esoteric Buddhism79
6Buddhist ceremonials (koshiki) and the ideological discourse of established Buddhism in early medieval Japan97
7The body of time and the discourse of precepts126
8Swords, words, and deformity : on Myoe's eccentricity148
9"Not mere written words" : perspectives on the language of the Lotus Sutra in medieval Japan160
10The Lotus Sutra as a source for Dogen's discourse style195
11Empty-handed, but not empty-headed : Dogen's koan strategies218
12"Rely on the meaning, not on the words" : Shinran's methodology and strategy for reading scriptures and writing the Kyogyoshinsho240

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