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Sources of Japanese Tradition From Earliest Times To 1600

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ISBN-10: 0231121385

ISBN-13: 9780231121385

Edition: 2nd 2001

Authors: Wm. Theodore de Bary, Donald Keene, George J. Tanabe, Paul Varley, Carol Gluck

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Sources of Japanese Tradition is a best-selling classic, unrivaled for its wide selection of source readings on history, society, politics, education, philosophy, and religion in the Land of the Rising Sun. In this long-awaited second edition, the editors have revised or retranslated most of the texts in the original 1958 edition, and added a great many selections not included or translated before. They have also restructured volume 1 to span the period from the early Japanese chronicles to the end of the sixteenth century. New additions include: o readings on early and medieval Shinto and on the tea ceremony, o readings on state Buddhism and Chinese political thought influential in…    
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List price: $130.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 5/7/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 552
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Donald Keene was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 18, 1922. He received a bachelor's degree in 1942, a master's degree in 1947, and a doctoral degree in 1951 from Columbia University. During World War II, he served as an intelligence officer in the Navy and worked translating for Japanese prisoners. He taught at Columbia University for 56 years and was named the Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature in 1986 and University Professor Emeritus. Keene is considered to be a "Japanologist". He has written, translated, or edited numerous books in both Japanese and English on Japanese literature and culture including The Pleasures of Japanese Literature, Essays in Idleness, So Lovely a Country…    

Wm. Theodore de Bary is John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus of Columbia University and currently holds the title of Special Service Professor. He has written extensively on Confucianism in East Asia, and was general editor of the first editions of Sources of Chinese Tradition, Sources of Indian Tradition, Sources of Japanese Tradition, and Sources of Korean Tradition.Carol Gluck is the George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University. She is the author of Japan's Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Periodand the coeditor of Asia in Western and World Historyand Showa: The Japan of Hirohito.Arthur E. Tiedemann is a member of the Society of Senior Scholars…    

Explanatory Note
Chronological Table
Early Japan
The Earliest Records of Japan
Japan in the Chinese Dynastic Histories
Accounts of the Eastern Barbarians
History of the Kingdom of Wei (Wei zhi) ca. 297 C.E.
History of the Latter Han Dynasty (Hou Han shu) ca. 445 C.E.
History of the Liu Song Dynasty (Songshu) ca. 513 C.E.
History of the Sui Dynasty (Sui shu) ca. 630 C.E.
New History of the Tang Dynasty (Xin Tang shu)
The Earliest Japanese Chronicles
Birth of the Land
Preface to Records of Ancient Matters (Kojiki)
Early Shinto
Legends Concerning Shinto Deities
Birth of the Sun Goddess
The Divine Creation of the Imperial Ancestors
Legends Concerning Susa-no-o
Susa-no-o and the Sun Goddess
Susa-no-o in Izumo
Descent of the Divine Grandson with the Three Imperial Regalia
Princess Yamato and Prince Plenty
The Founding of Izumo
Enshrinement of Amaterasu
Shinto Prayers (Norito)
Norito for the Festival of the Sixth Month
The Blessing of the Great Palace
The Great Exorcism of the Last Day of the Sixth Month
Moving the Shrine of the Great Deity at Ise
Driving Away a Vengeful Deity
Congratulatory Words of the Chieftain of Izumo
Prince Shotoku and His Constitution
Internal Strife in the Late Sixth Century
The Reign of Suiko and Rule of Shotoku
The Empress Suiko, 592-628 C.E.
The Seventeen-Article Constitution of Prince Shotoku
The Lotus Sutra
Preaching the One Great Vehicle [Mahayana]
The Parable of the Burning House
The Vimalakirti Sutra (Yuima-kyo)
Entering the Gate of Nondualism
Chinese Thought and Institutions in Early Japan
Chinese-Style History and the Imperial Concept
From the Preface to Records of Ancient Matters (Kojiki)
Emperor Jinmu
Nintoku: Rule of Benevolence
The Reform Era
Fujiwara no Kamatari and the Future Emperor Tenchi
Inauguration of the Great Reform Era
Reform Edicts
The White Pheasant
The Chinese Model of Rulership (Denis Twitchett)
Taizong: Plan for an Emperor (Difan) (Denis Twitchett)
The Commentary on the Legal Code (Ryo no gige)
Memorial on the Submission of the Commentary on the Legal Code
Regulations for Fitness Reports
New Compilation of the Register of Families
Preface in the Form of a Memorial to Emperor Saga
Preface to the Kaifuso
Nara Buddhism
The Sutra of the Golden Light
The Protection of the Country by the Four Deva Kings
The Flower Garland School
The Flower Garland Sutra
The Flower Garland Sutra: The Tower of Vairochana
The Buddha Kingdom of the Flower Garland
State Sponsorship and Control of Buddhism
The Humane King as Protector of Buddhism
Buddhism and the State in Nara Japan
Proclamation of the Emperor Shomu on the Erection of the Great Buddha Image
The Bodhisattva Gyogi (Yoshiko Dykstra)
Regulation of the Buddhist Orders by the Court
Edicts of the Empress Shotoku Concerning Dokyo
Edict of October 19, 764
Edict of November 26, 766
The Merger of Buddhist and Shinto Deities
Mahayana Universalism and the Sense of Hierarchy
Saicho and Mt. Hiei (Ryusaku Tsunoda and Paul Groner)
The Tendai Lotus Teaching
Guanding: On the Five Periods of the Buddha's Teaching (Daniel Stevenson)
Huisi: The Method of Calming and Contemplation in the Mahayana
Zhiyi: Calming and Contemplation
Saicho: Vow of Uninterrupted Study of the Lotus Sutra
Saicho: Explaining the Precepts
The Mahayana Precepts in Admonitions of the Fanwang Sutra
Regulations for Students of the Mountain School in Six Articles I
Regulations for Students of the Mountain School II
Subsequent History of Tendai and Mt. Hiei (Paul Groner)
Kukai and Esoteric Buddhism
Indications of the Goals of the Three Teachings (Sango shiki)
Kukai and His Master
Encounter with Huiguo
Enlightenment in This Bodily Existence
The Ten Stages of Religious Consciousness
Recapitulation of the Ten Stages of Religious Consciousness
A School of Arts and Sciences
Regulations for Inviting the Instructors
The Spread of Esoteric Buddhism
Prayer of the Retired Emperor Shirakawa on Offering the Tripitaka to Hachiman
Miracle Tales of the Bodhistattva Jizo (Yoshiko Dykstra)
How Mochikata Received a Miraculous Revelation
About the "Malt Jizo" of Kanuki in Suruga
Sex and Buddhahood--A Shingon Heresy
Selections from The Precious Mirror (Hokyosho)
Prayers for the Shogun
Letter of the Monk Mongaku to Shogun Yoriie A.D. 1200
Annen: Maxims for the Young (Dojikyo)
The Vocabulary of Japanese Aesthetics I
Murasaki Shikibu: On the Art of Fiction
Fujiwara Teika: Introduction to the Guide to the Composition of Poetry
The Medieval Age: Despair, Deliverance, and Destiny
Amida, the Pure Land, and the Response of the Old Buddhism to the New
Traditional Pure Land Buddhism
Genshin: The Essentials of Salvation
Innovators of the New Pure Land Buddhism
Honen: Choosing the Original Vow for the Recitation of the Buddha's Name (Senchaku hongan nembutsu shu)
The One-Page Testament
The Lamentation and Self-Reflection of Gutoku Shinran
Shinran: A Record in Lament of Divergencies (Tannisho)
Rennyo: Rennyo's Rules
Items to Be Prohibited Among True Pure Land Adherents
Nembutsu as Gratitude
Ippen: Selections from A Hundred Sayings
The Revival of Earlier Buddhism
Myoe: Smashing the Evil Chariot
The Meaning of the Kegon Practice of Meditation, Clarity of Insight, and Entry into the Gate of Deliverance
Jokei: Gedatsu Shonin's Petition for Reviving the Precepts
New Views of History (Paul Varley)
Historical Tales (Rekishi monogatari)
A Tale of Flowering Fortunes (Eiga monogatari)
Fujiwara no Michinaga: Flowering Fortunes
The Great Mirror (Okagami)
Fujiwara no Michinaga: Flowering Fortunes, Continued
Medieval Uses of the Past
One Hundred Kings
Helping Emperors Rule
An Appeal to Retired Emperor Go-Toba
Kitabatake Chikafusa and the Southern Court
The Direct Succession of Gods and Sovereigns (Jinno shotoki)
Fujiwara and Murakami Genji as Assistants to Emperors
On Imperial Restoration
The Way of the Warrior (Paul Valey)
Taira and Minamoto
The Tale of Hogen (Hogen monogatari)
The Night Attack on the Shirakawa Palace
The Tale of the Heiji (Heiji monogatari)
The Burning of the Sanjo Palace
The Tale of the Heike (Heike monogatari)
"The Mighty Fall at Last, They Are Dust Before the Wind"
Eastern Warriors
The Taira as Courtier-Warriors
The Mongol Invasions of Japan
The Mongol Scrolls
Chronicle of Great Peace (Taiheiki): The Loyalist Heroes
Nichiren: The Sun and the Lotus (Philip Yampolsky)
Nichiren: "Rectification for the Peace of the Nation" (Rissho ankoku ron)
The Eye-Opener
The True Object of Worship (Kanjin honzon sho)
Zen Buddhism (William Bodiford)
Zen in Japan
Eisai: Propagation of Zen for the Protection of the State (Kozen gokokuron)
Zen and Precepts
The Darumashu
Ten Facilities for Zen Monasticism
Essentials for Monastics (Shukke taiko)
Dogen: How to Practice Buddhism (Bendowa)
The Fully Apparent Case (Genjo koan)
Buddha Nature (Bussho)
Muso Soseki: "Sermon at the Dedication of Tenryu-ji Dharma Hall" (from Muso kokushi goroku)
"Reflections on the Enmity Between Go-Daigo and the Shogun, Ashikaga Takauji" (from Muso kokushi goroku)
Ikkyu Sojun: The Errant Cloud Collection (Kyounshu)
Shinto in Medieval Japan
Empress Shotoku: Edict on the Great Thanksgiving Festival
The Miracles of the Kasuga Deity (Royall Tyler)
Kofuku-ji Goes to War in the Eikyu Era
Yoshida Kanetomo: Prime Shinto (Allan Grapard)
The Lineage of Yuiitsu-Shinto
Regulations of Yuiitsu-Shinto
Kitabatake Chikafusa: Chronicle of the Direct Descent of Gods and Sovereigns (Jinno shotoki)
The Vocabulary of Japanese Aesthetics II
Zeami: Entering the Realm of Yugen (Donald Keene and Thomas Rimer)
Connecting the Arts Through One Intensity of Mind
The Nine Stages of the No in Order
The True Path to the Flower (Shikado sho)
Conversations with Shotetsu
Jakuren's Poem
Kamo no Chomei: Concerning Mysterious Beauty
The Way of Tea (Paul Varley)
Drink Tea and Prolong Life
Murata Shuko: "Letter of the Heart"
The Spiritual Basis of the Tea Ceremony (from Nanporoku)
Purity and Purification in the Tea Ceremony (from Nanporoku)
Women's Education
General Preface to Illustrations of the Three Treasures (Edward Kamens)
Keisei: A Companion in Solitude (Rajyashree Pandey)
Muju Ichien: Mirror for Women (Robert Morrell)
Law and Precepts for the Warrior Houses (Paul Varley)
The Joei Code
The Law of the Muromachi Shogunate
The Kenmu Code
The Law of the Warrior Houses in the Age of War in the Provinces
The Yuki House Code
Precepts of the Warrior Houses
House Precepts in the Sengoku Age
The "Seventeen-Article Testament of Asakura Toshikage" (Asakura Toshikage ju-shichi-ka-jo)
Takeda Nobushige: The "Ninety-nine-Article Testament"
The Regime of the Unifiers (Jurgis S. A. Elisonas)
Oda Nobunaga
The Humiliation of the Shogun
The Articles of 1570
The Remonstrance of 1572
The Assault on Mount Hiei and the Blessings of Nobunaga
Nobunaga in Echizen
Letters from the Battleground
Regulations for the Province of Echizen
Nobunaga in Azuchi
The Proud Tower
The Free Market of Azuchi
Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Domestic Policies
The Disarmament of the Populace
Regulations for the Municipality of the Honganji
Restrictions on Change of Status
The Laws and Regulations of the Taiko
The Korean War
Letter to the King of Korea
Korea Day by Day