Religions of Japan in Practice

ISBN-10: 0691057893
ISBN-13: 9780691057897
Edition: 1999
Authors: George J. Tanabe
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Book details

List price: $62.50
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 3/28/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 584
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.002
Language: English

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 Practiceis 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.

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

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