Visions of Power: Imagining Medieval Japanese Buddhism

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Overview

Bernard Faure's previous works are well known as guides to some of the more elusive aspects of the Chinese tradition of Chan Buddhism and its outgrowth, Japanese Zen. Continuing his efforts to look at Chan/Zen with a full array of postmodernist critical techniques, Faure now probes the imaginaire, or mental universe, of the Buddhist Soto Zen master Keizan Jokin (1268-1325). Although Faure's new book may be read at one level as an intellectual biography, Keizan is portrayed here less as an original thinker than as a representative of his culture and an example of the paradoxes of the Soto school. The Chan/Zen doctrine that he avowed was allegedly reasonable and demythologizing, but he lived in a psychological world that was just as imbued with the marvelous as was that of his contemporary Dante Alighieri.

Drawing on his own dreams to demonstrate that he possessed the magical authority that he felt to reside also in icons and relics, Keizan strove to use these "visions of power" to buttress his influence as a patriarch. To reveal the historical, institutional, ritual, and visionary elements in Keizan's life and thought and to compare these to Soto doctrine, Faure draws on largely neglected texts, particularly the Record of Tokoku (a chronicle that begins with Keizan's account of the origins of the first of the monasteries that he established) and the kirigami, or secret initiation documents.

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Editorial Reviews

Monumenta Nipponica
In Visions of Power, Faure once again demonstrates his superb command of original sources as well as an innovative methodology that constantly probes uncharted territory and boldly overturns the prevailing assumptions of the orthodox view of a 'pure' iconoclastic Zen tradition.... [This book] is eminently successful in carving out a distinct yet complementary agenda in content, method, and approach.
— Steven Heine
Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
[Faure's] account of Keizan is a convincing conquest of historical vision, and opens up the exciting prospect of similar treatment for a whole gallery of figures from the Buddhist past.
— Joseph S. O'Leary
The Journal of Religion
Faure ... has reconstructed the study of Zen as a religion to the point that scholars of religion generally should begin turning to this field to find what they would not expect: a rich tradition of icons, rituals, myths, and magic power. This volume is the best place for them to start.
— James H. Foard
Monumenta Nipponica - Steven Heine
In Visions of Power, Faure once again demonstrates his superb command of original sources as well as an innovative methodology that constantly probes uncharted territory and boldly overturns the prevailing assumptions of the orthodox view of a 'pure' iconoclastic Zen tradition.... [This book] is eminently successful in carving out a distinct yet complementary agenda in content, method, and approach.
Japanese Journal of Religious Studies - Joseph S. O'Leary
[Faure's] account of Keizan is a convincing conquest of historical vision, and opens up the exciting prospect of similar treatment for a whole gallery of figures from the Buddhist past.
The Journal of Religion - James H. Foard
Faure ... has reconstructed the study of Zen as a religion to the point that scholars of religion generally should begin turning to this field to find what they would not expect: a rich tradition of icons, rituals, myths, and magic power. This volume is the best place for them to start.
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"In Visions of Power, Faure once again demonstrates his superb command of original sources as well as an innovative methodology that constantly probes uncharted territory and boldly overturns the prevailing assumptions of the orthodox view of a 'pure' iconoclastic Zen tradition.... [This book] is eminently successful in carving out a distinct yet complementary agenda in content, method, and approach."--Steven Heine, Monumenta Nipponica

"[Faure's] account of Keizan is a convincing conquest of historical vision, and opens up the exciting prospect of similar treatment for a whole gallery of figures from the Buddhist past."--Joseph S. O'Leary, Japanese Journal of Religious Studies

"Faure ... has reconstructed the study of Zen as a religion to the point that scholars of religion generally should begin turning to this field to find what they would not expect: a rich tradition of icons, rituals, myths, and magic power. This volume is the best place for them to start."--James H. Foard, The Journal of Religion

Monumenta Nipponica
In Visions of Power, Faure once again demonstrates his superb command of original sources as well as an innovative methodology that constantly probes uncharted territory and boldly overturns the prevailing assumptions of the orthodox view of a 'pure' iconoclastic Zen tradition.... [This book] is eminently successful in carving out a distinct yet complementary agenda in content, method, and approach.
— Steven Heine
The Journal of Religion
Faure ... has reconstructed the study of Zen as a religion to the point that scholars of religion generally should begin turning to this field to find what they would not expect: a rich tradition of icons, rituals, myths, and magic power. This volume is the best place for them to start.
— James H. Foard
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691029412
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 970,742
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 Autobiographical Imagination 30
Ch. 2 Imagined Lineages 47
Ch. 3 Imagining Powers 71
Ch. 4 Mythical Imaginaire 83
Ch. 5 Dreaming 114
Ch. 6 Images of Death 144
Ch. 7 Places of the Mind 179
Ch. 8 The Ritual Body 198
Ch. 9 The Power of Symbols 224
Ch. 10 Iconic Imagination 237
Ch. 11 Beyond Icons 264
Epilogue: Imagination and Ideology 275
Glossary 289
Bibliography 299
Index 323
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