The Prince and the Monk: Shotoku Worship in Shinran's Buddhism by Kenneth Doo Young Lee, NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
Prince and the Monk: Shotoku Worship in Shinran's Buddhism

Prince and the Monk: Shotoku Worship in Shinran's Buddhism

by Kenneth Lee
     
 

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The Prince and the Monk addresses the historical development of the political and religious myths surrounding Shoμtoku Taishi and their influence on Shinran, the founder of the Joμdo-Shinshuμ school of Pure Land Buddhism. Shoμtoku Taishi (574-622) was a prince who led the campaign to unify Japan, wrote the imperial constitution, and promoted Buddhism as a

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The Prince and the Monk addresses the historical development of the political and religious myths surrounding Shoμtoku Taishi and their influence on Shinran, the founder of the Joμdo-Shinshuμ school of Pure Land Buddhism. Shoμtoku Taishi (574-622) was a prince who led the campaign to unify Japan, wrote the imperial constitution, and promoted Buddhism as a religion of peace and prosperity. Shinran's Buddhism developed centuries later during the Kamakura period, which began in the late twelfth century. Kenneth Doo Young Lee discusses Shinran's liturgical text, his dream of Shoμtoku's manifestation as Kannon (the world-saving Bodhisattva of Compassion), and other relevant events during his life. In addition, this book shows that Shinran's Buddhism was consistent with honji suijaku culture-the synthesis of the Shinto and Buddhist pantheons-prevalent during the Kamakura period.

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From the Publisher
This extremely well-nourished work of scholarship (drawing on eighty-five primary texts in Japanese and one hundred and sixty-eight secondary ones) offers a flood of information on Prince Shotoku and the vast growth of his legend and cult in medieval Japan.— Japanese Journal of Religious Studies

"The book reflects wide research, supplies a great deal of information in English, and is quite engaging."— Japanese Religions

"Lee's attempt to bring together social, political, personal, and religious considerations to produce a 'thick description' of Shinran is valuable, innovative, and in line with current scholarship in Buddhist studies, which insists Buddhism, or rather the many Buddhisms, must be seen in historical context, what Biblical scholars would call the Sitz im Leben."— Roger Corless, author of The Vision of Buddhism: The Space under the Tree

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791480465
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/18/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
403 KB

Meet the Author

Kenneth Doo Young Lee is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at California State University at Northridge.

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