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This anthology reflects a range of Japanese religions in their complex, sometimes conflicting, diversity. In the tradition of the Princeton Readings in Religions series, the collection presents documents (legends and miracle tales, hagiographies, rit … weiterlesen
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Titel: Religions of Japan in Practice

ISBN: 0691057893
EAN: 9780691057897
Paperback.
Sprache: Englisch.
Herausgegeben von George J. Tanabe
Princeton University Press

28. März 1999 - kartoniert - 584 Seiten

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This anthology reflects a range of Japanese religions in their complex, sometimes conflicting, diversity. In the tradition of the Princeton Readings in Religions series, the collection presents documents (legends and miracle tales, hagiographies, ritual prayers and ceremonies, sermons, reform treatises, doctrinal tracts, historical and ethnographic writings), most of which have been translated for the first time here, that serve to illuminate the mosaic of Japanese religions in practice.

George Tanabe provides a lucid introduction to the "patterned confusion" of Japan's religious practices. He has ordered the anthology's forty-five readings under the categories of "Ethical Practices," "Ritual Practices," and "Institutional Practices," moving beyond the traditional classifications of chronology, religious traditions (Shinto, Confucianism, Buddhism, etc.), and sects, and illuminating the actual orientation of people who engage in religious practices. Within the anthology's three broad categories, subdivisions address the topics of social values, clerical and lay precepts, gods, spirits, rituals of realization, faith, court and emperor, sectarian founders, wizards, and heroes, orthopraxis and orthodoxy, and special places. Dating from the eighth through the twentieth centuries, the documents are revealed to be open to various and evolving interpretations, their meanings dependent not only on how they are placed in context but also on how individual researchers read them. Each text is preceded by an introductory explanation of the text's essence, written by its translator. Instructors and students will find these explications useful starting points for their encounters with the varied worlds of practice within which the texts interact with readers and changing contexts.


Religions of Japan in Practice is a compendium of relationships between great minds and ordinary people, abstruse theories and mundane acts, natural and supernatural powers, altruism and self-interest, disappointment and hope, quiescence and war. It is an indispensable sourcebook for scholars, students, and general readers seeking engagement with the fertile "ordered disorder" of religious practice in Japan.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Princeton Readings in Religions Ethical Practices Selected Anecdotes to Illustrate Ten Maxims 2Kaibara Ekken's Precepts on the Family 3The Shingaku of Nakazawa Doni Clerical Precepts Eisai's Promotion of Zen for the Protection of the Country 5Shingon's Jiun Sonja and His "Vinaya of the True Dharma" Movement 6A Refutation of Clerical Marriage Lay Precepts Eison and the Shingon Vinaya Sect 8Kokan Shiren's Zen Precept Procedures Ritual Practices Records of the Customs and Land of Izumo 10Miraculous Tales of the Hasedera Kannon 11Japanese Puppetry: From Ritual Performance to Stage Entertainment 12The Shinto Wedding Ceremony: A Modern Norito Spirits Tama Belief and Practice in Ancient Japan 14Japan's First Shingon Ceremony 15Shingon Services for the Dead 16Genshin's Deathbed Nembutsu Ritual in Pure Land Buddhism 17Women and Japanese Buddhism: Tales of Birth in the Pure Land 18Epic and Religious Propaganda from the Ippen School of Pure Land Buddhism 19Buddhism and Abortion: "The Way to Memorialize One's Mizuko" Rituals of Realization The Contemplation of Suchness 21The Purification Formula of the Nakatomi 22Dogen's Lancet of Seated Meditation 23Chido's Dreams of Buddhism 24A Japanese Shugendo Apocryphal Text Faith On Attaining the Settled Mind: The Condition of the Nembutsu Practitioner 26Plain Words on the Pure Land Way 27Shinran's Faith as Immediate Fulfillment in Pure Land Buddhism Institutional Practices The Confucian Monarchy of Nara Japan 29The Founding of the Monastery Gangoji and a List of Its Treasures 30Hagiography and History: The Image of Prince Shotoku 31Nationalistic Shinto: A Child's Guide to Yasukuni Shrine Sectarian Founders, Wizards, and Heroes En the Ascetic 33The Founding of Mount Koya and Kukai's Eternal Meditation 34Legends, Miracles, and Faith in Kobo Daishi and the Shikoku Pilgrimage 35A Personal Account of the Life of the Venerable Genku 36Priest Nisshin's Ordeals 37Makuya: Prayer, Receiving the Holy Spirit, and Bible Study Orthopraxis and Orthodoxy Muju Ichien's Shinto-Buddhist Syncretism 39Contested Orthodoxies in Five Mountains Zen Buddhism 40Motoori Norinaga on the Two Shrines at Ise 41Shinto in the History of Japanese Religion: An Essay by Kuroda Toshio 42Sasaki Shoten: Toward a Postmodern Shinshu Theology 43Contemporary Zen Buddhist Tracts for the Laity: Grassroots Buddhism in Japan Special Places Keizan's Dream History 45Tokeiji: Kamakura's "Divorce Temple" in Edo Popular Verse AppChinese Romanization Conversion Tables Index

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"An enormous undertaking ... its value to those in the field of comparative religions is undeniable."--Library Journal "One of the finest anthologies available of primary documents illustrating the diversity and liveliness of Japanese religions."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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