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Journey in Search of the Way: The Spiritual Autobiography of Satomi Myodo

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This autobiography describes a woman's attainment of enlightenment in modern Japan. Satomi Myodo rejected the traditional roles of good wife and wise mother, broke with her unhappy past, and followed her spiritual path beginning as the disciple of a Shinto priest. At midlife she turned to Zen Buddhism encouraged by a female dharma friend and by various teachers. Under the guidance of Yasutani Roshi she attained Kensho, the goal of her lifetime's search.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791419724
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 986,179
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents



Part One: The Spiritual Autobiography of Satomi Myodo

1 Moral Education

2 Sincerity

3 My Strange Mental Condition

4 I Lose My Baby

5 Complete Nervous Breakdown

6 Kageki Actress

7 I Find a Teacher

8 Leaving Ryo-chan

9 A Fool's Freedom

10 Shinto Shamaness

11 Possessed by Spirits

12 Return to My Village

13 A Heart Full of Longing

14 Knocking at the Gates of Zen

15 Sick of Chasing Satori

16 "I Can't Die Before Making You Buddhas!"

17 Dharma Friend

18 Two Cracks in the Rice Paper

19 Knocking Over Flagpoles

20 Joy


Notes for Part One

Part Two: Commentary by Sallie B. King

The World of Satomi-san

Religion in the Prewar Era

Kami, Buddha, Bodhisattva

Makoto and Kokoro


Women in Japanese Religion

Encounters with Spirits

Mysteries and Marvels

The New Religions

Pure Land Buddhism

Zen Buddhism

Notes for Part Two


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