Religious Traditions of Japan, 500-1600
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Richard Bowring traces the development of Japanese religious thought and practice from the introduction of writing to the point at which medieval attitudes gave way to a distinctive pre-modern culture, a change that brought an end to the dominance of religious institutions. A wide range of approaches using the resources of art, history, social and intellectual history, as well as doctrine is brought to bear on the subject in order to give as full a picture as possible of the richness of the Japanese tradition and an overview of how Buddhism and Shintõ interacted in Japanese culture.
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/15/2005
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
|The Arrival of Buddhism and Its Effects (c.538-800)|
|The introduction of Buddhism|
|Creating a dynasty|
|Buddhism and the early state|
|Monuments at Nara|
|From Saicho to the Destruction of Todaiji (800-1180)|
|The beginnings of a 'Japanese' Buddhism: Tendai|
|The beginnings of a 'Japanese' Buddhism: Shingon|
|Buddhism and the state in Heian Japan|
|Shrine and state in Heian Japan|
|The rise of devotionalism|
|A time for strife|
|From the Destruction of Todaiji to the Fall of Godaigo (1180-1330)|
|For and against exclusive practice of the nenbutsu|
|Religious culture of the early 'middle ages'|
|Reform from within and without|
|The emergence of Shinto|
|From the Fall of Godaigo to the Death of Nobunaga (1330-1582)|
|Two rival courts; Muromachi Zen|
|The end of the medieval|
|Appendix: Reading Shingon's two mandala|