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Living Buddhist Statues In Early Medieval And Modern Japan [NOOK Book]

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Large numbers of Buddhist believers regarded Buddhist statues in surprising ways in late- tenth and early eleventh century Japan. Examination of such questions of functionality contributes to a broader view of Buddhist practice at a time when Buddhism was rapidly spreading among many levels of Japanese society. This book focuses particularly on the function of the following types of images: "secret Buddhas" (hibutsu), which are rarely if ever displayed; Buddhas who exchange bodies with sufferers (migawari butsu);...

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Living Buddhist Statues In Early Medieval And Modern Japan

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Overview

Large numbers of Buddhist believers regarded Buddhist statues in surprising ways in late- tenth and early eleventh century Japan. Examination of such questions of functionality contributes to a broader view of Buddhist practice at a time when Buddhism was rapidly spreading among many levels of Japanese society. This book focuses particularly on the function of the following types of images: "secret Buddhas" (hibutsu), which are rarely if ever displayed; Buddhas who exchange bodies with sufferers (migawari butsu); and masks of bodhisattvas used in a ritual called mukaeko. Primary sources for these topics include collections of popular tales (setsuwa), poetry, ritual texts, and temple histories (engi).

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"This is an excellent cross-disciplinary study that makes a valuable contribution to Japanese Buddhist studies — one that serious scholars in this field should read. . . . Highly recommended." —CHOICE
 
"[T]he book's emphasis on contemporary practices and attitudes, its focus on some of the little-studied texts that underlie these things, and its attention to a wide range of icons are fresh and welcome approaches; the medieval rituals and the miraculous stories Horton presents about Buddhist images are valuable documents." —Fabio Rambelli, Sapporo University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230261730
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 1,006 KB

Meet the Author

Sarah J. Horton received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University. She is a scholar of East Asian religions and Japanese culture.

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Table of Contents


Illustrations     x
Abbreviations     xi
Acknowledgments     xii
Introduction: Living Buddhist Statues     1
Biographies of Statues     4
Symbolism, Veiled Presences, and Open Display     5
Eye-Opening Ceremonies     10
Buddhist Statues in Modern Japan     12
Textual Sources: Tales, Temple Histories, and Illustrated Scrolls     14
Collections of Tales     15
Temple Histories (engi)     17
Illustrated Narrative Scrolls (emaki)     17
Types of Deities     17
Topical Outline     20
Sakyamuni: Still Alive in This World     22
Sakyamuni in Modern Japan     22
The Buddha's Birthday     22
The Seiryoji Temple Sakyamuni: A Statue with Guts     26
Textual Bases for Devotion to Sakyamuni     31
Sakyamuni in Early Medieval Japan: Creating a Pure Land     33
The Daianji Temple Sakyamuni     34
The Sakyamuni of Vulture Peak Hall     37
The Sakyamuni of Seiryoji Temple, Revisited     42
The Buddha's Birthday, Revisited     46
Connected to Amida Buddha     49
Amida Buddha in Modern Japan     49
Welcoming Ceremonies     50
The Glancing-Back Amida     58
Textual Bases for Devotion to Amida     59
Amida in Early Medieval Japan     61
Essentials for Pure Land Birth     62
The Meditation Society of Twenty-Five     64
Welcoming Ceremonies, Masks, and Images of Amida     67
Connection to the Buddha with Threads     70
The Glancing-Back Amida, Revisited     73
The Burned-Cheek Amida     74
Kannon: Whatever It Takes     77
Kannon in Modern Japan     80
Pilgrimages and Seal Books     80
Kiyomizu Kannon     84
The Kannons of Hasedera and Ishiyamadera Temples     87
Rokuharamitsuji Kannon     90
Textual Bases for Devotion to Kannon     92
Sutras     92
Miracle Tales     94
Kannon in Early Medieval Japan     95
The Evidence of Diaries, Novels, and Tales     95
The Kannon of Kiyomizudera Temple, Revisited: Bestower of Wealth     99
The Kannon of Hasedera Temple, Revisited: Affairs of the Heart     100
The Kannon of Ishiyamadera Temple, Revisited: More Affairs of the Heart     105
The Kannon of Rokuharamitsuji Temple, Revisited: Missing in Action?     109
The Miraculous Kannon of Kokawadera Temple     109
Jizo to the Rescue     112
Jizo in Modern Japan     114
Jizo and the Afterlife     114
Jizo and Deceased Children     116
Jizo and the Bon Festival     120
Other Facets of Jizo     129
Naked Jizos     135
Textual Bases for Devotion to Jizo     138
Jizo in Early Medieval Japan     141
Jizo Fellowships     142
The Sutra on Jizo and the Ten Kings and the Longevity Jizo Sutra     146
Accounts of the Miracles of Jizo Bodhisattva and Tales of Times Now Past     148
Yatadera Temple Jizo, Revisited     149
The Wig-Holding Jizo, Revisited     151
The Rice-Planting Jizo (Taue Jizo)     152
The Jizo Who Needed His Eyes Opened     153
Naked Jizos, Revisited     154
Secret Buddhas, the Veiled Presence     156
Varieties of Secret Buddhas     156
The Case of the Savior Kannon of Horyuji     158
Attitudes toward Secret Buddhas     161
Zushi: Home of the Deity     162
Why Secret Buddhas?     166
The Influence of Esoteric Buddhism      167
The Influence of Shinto     169
Practical Concerns     170
Concealment in Japanese Culture     171
A Doctrinal Explanation     172
Curtain Openings and Stand-Ins     173
A Modern-Day Curtain-Opening Celebration     176
Three Absolute Secret Buddhas     178
The Kannon of Sensoji Temple     178
Zenkoji Temple: The Amida Triad     180
The Two Kannons of Todaiji Temple's Second-Month Hall (Nigatsudo)     185
Conclusion     189
Notes     193
Glossary     210
Bibliography     214
Index     223
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