Japanese Rinzai Zen Buddhism: Myoshinji, a living religion

Japanese Rinzai Zen Buddhism: Myoshinji, a living religion

by Jorn Borup


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Japanese Rinzai Zen Buddhism: Myoshinji, a living religion by Jorn Borup

Zen Buddhist ideas and practices in many ways are unique within the study of religion, and artists, poets and Buddhists practitioners worldwide have found inspiration from this tradition. Until recent years, representations of Zen Buddhism have focussed almost entirely on philosophical, historical or “spiritual” aspects. This book investigates the contemporary living reality of the largest Japanese Rinzai Zen Buddhist group, Myōshinji. Drawing on textual studies and ethnographic fieldwork, Jørn Borup analyses how its practitioners use and understand their religion, how they practice their religiosity and how different kinds of Zen Buddhists (monks, nuns, priest, lay people) interact and define themselves within the religious organization. Japanese Rinzai Zen Buddhism portrays a living Zen Buddhism being both uniquely interesting and interestingly typical for common Buddhist and Japanese religiosity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004165571
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/25/2008
Series: Numen Book Series , #119
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.62(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Jørn Borup (b. 1966) Ph.D. (2002) and M.A. in The Study of Religion and Japanese, is assistant professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. He has published on Buddhism in Japan and Denmark, mainly in Danish.

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