Going Forth: Visions of Buddhist Vinaya: Essays Presented in Honor of Professor Stanley Weinstein

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Overview

Vinaya, one of the three main categories of Buddhist scripture, functions not only as a type of canon law, but also as a founding charter for Buddhist institutional practice in East Asia. In its role as a scriptural charter, vinaya has justified widely dissimilar approaches to religious life as Buddhist orders in different times and places have interpreted it in contradictory ways. In the resulting tension between scripture and practice, certain kinds of ceremonial issues (such as those involving lineage, seniority, initiation, purification, repentance, visualization, vows, ordination) acquire profound social, psychological, doctrinal, and soteriological significance in Buddhism. Going Forth focuses on these issues over a wide sweep of history - from early fifth-century China to modern Japan - to provide readers with a rich overview of the intersection of doctrinal, ritual, and institutional concerns in the development of East Asian Buddhist practices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824827878
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/30/2005
  • Series: Studies in East Asian Buddhism , #18
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Visionary repentance and visionary ordination in the Brahma net sutra 1
2 The precious scroll of the Liang emperor : Buddhist and Daoist repentance to save the dead 40
3 Daoxuan's vision of Jetavana : the ordination platform movement in medieval Chinese Buddhism 68
4 Buddhist precepts in a lawless world : some comments on the Linhuai ordination scandal 101
5 From the Chinese Vinaya tradition to Chan regulations : continuity and adaptation 124
6 Vinaya monasteries, public abbacies, and state control of Buddhism under the Song (960-1279) 136
7 Popular religion and pure land in Song-dynasty Tiantai Bodhisattva precept ordination ceremonies 161
8 Bodhidharma's precepts in Japan 185
9 Tradition and innovation : Eison's self-ordinations and the establishment of new orders of Buddhist practitioners 210
10 Precepts in Japanese pure land Buddhism : the Jodoshu 236
11 The debate over meat eating in Japanese Buddhism 255
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