Zen Buddhist Landscape Arts of Early Muromachi Japan (1336-1573)

Zen Buddhist Landscape Arts of Early Muromachi Japan (1336-1573)

by Joseph D. Parker
     
 

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Examining inscriptions on landscape paintings and related documents, this book explores the views of the "two jewels" of Japanese Zen literature, Gido Shushin (1325-1388) and Zekkai Chushin (1336-1405), and their students. These monks played important roles as advisors to the shoguns Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1408) and Yoshimochi (1386-1428), as well as to major

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Examining inscriptions on landscape paintings and related documents, this book explores the views of the "two jewels" of Japanese Zen literature, Gido Shushin (1325-1388) and Zekkai Chushin (1336-1405), and their students. These monks played important roles as advisors to the shoguns Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1408) and Yoshimochi (1386-1428), as well as to major figures in various michi or Ways of linked verse, the No theatre, ink painting, rock gardens, and other arts. By applying images of mountain retreats to their busy urban lives in the capital, these Five Mountain Zen monks provoke reconsiderations of the relation between secular and sacred and nature and culture.

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An interdisciplinary study of the views of two monks and their contemporaries on the Zen Buddhist significance of the landscape arts of painting, poetry, prose, and rock gardens. It explores the general question of how religion is related to culture and society as it was formulated and answered by early Muromachi Japanese Zen monks. Some of the topics covered include: the Chinese religious and cultural context; the East Asian religious context for cultural practice; Zen Buddhist readings of the landscape; and Buddhist playfulness and the landscape arts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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“This book presents concrete data—biographical, intellectual-historical, and art-historical—pertaining to eminent Zen Buddhist monks of the Muromachi period who have not previously been the object of serious study. Parker challenges the entrenched views of Japanese scholars who dismiss the Zen monk artists and art critics of the period as spiritual degenerates who had succumbed to worldly enticements. His weaving together of the themes of illusion, playfulness, and non-dualism and his use of them to explicate the attitudes toward art evinced in the writings of medieval monks is original and provocative.” — T. Griffith Foulk, University of Michigan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791439098
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies Series
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Joseph D. Parker is Associate Professor of East Asian Thought at Pitzer College.

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