Women Living Zen: Japanese Soto Buddhist Nuns

Women Living Zen: Japanese Soto Buddhist Nuns

by Paula Kane Robinson Arai
     
 

In this study, based on both historical evidence and ethnographic data, Paula Arai shows that nuns were central agents in the foundation of Buddhism in Japan in the sixth century. They were active participants in the Soto Zen sect, and have continued to contribute to the advancement of the sect to the present day. Drawing on her fieldwork among the Soto nuns, Arai

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In this study, based on both historical evidence and ethnographic data, Paula Arai shows that nuns were central agents in the foundation of Buddhism in Japan in the sixth century. They were active participants in the Soto Zen sect, and have continued to contribute to the advancement of the sect to the present day. Drawing on her fieldwork among the Soto nuns, Arai demonstrates that the lives of many of these women embody classical Buddhist ideals. They have chosen to lead a strictly disciplined monastic life over against successful careers and the unconstrained contemporary secular lifestyle. In this, and other respects, they can be shown to stand in stark contrast to their male counterparts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195123937
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1380L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Prologue
1. Introduction
2. Historical Background
3. Twentieth-Century Leadership
4. The Monastic Practices of Zen Nuns
5. Motivations, Commitments, and Self-Perceptions
6. Conclusion: Innovators for the Sake of Tradition
Endnotes
Appendix A. Questionnaire
Appendix B. Glossary of Japanese Terms

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