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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.

Synopsis:

"Religions of Japan in Practice demonstrates the wide variety of topics and source materials being studied by current scholars of Japan. More important, its very diversity demands that we rethink scholarly categories and boundaries within the field of Japanese religious studies. Both teachers and students will find much that is new and fascinating."--William M. Bodiford, University of California, Los Angeles

Synopsis:

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.

Table of Contents

Princeton Readings in Religions
Note on Transliteration, Names, and Abbreviations
Contents by Chronology
Contents by Tradition
Contributors
Introduction3
Ethical Practices
Social Values
1Selected Anecdotes to Illustrate Ten Maxims25
2Kaibara Ekken's Precepts on the Family38
3The Shingaku of Nakazawa Doni53
Clerical Precepts
4Eisai's Promotion of Zen for the Protection of the Country63
5Shingon's Jiun Sonja and His "Vinaya of the True Dharma" Movement71
6A Refutation of Clerical Marriage78
Lay Precepts
7Eison and the Shingon Vinaya Sect89
8Kokan Shiren's Zen Precept Procedures98
Ritual Practices
Gods
9Records of the Customs and Land of Izumo113
10Miraculous Tales of the Hasedera Kannon117
11Japanese Puppetry: From Ritual Performance to Stage Entertainment124
12The Shinto Wedding Ceremony: A Modern Norito135
Spirits
13Tama Belief and Practice in Ancient Japan141
14Japan's First Shingon Ceremony153
15Shingon Services for the Dead159
16Genshin's Deathbed Nembutsu Ritual in Pure Land Buddhism166
17Women and Japanese Buddhism: Tales of Birth in the Pure Land176
18Epic and Religious Propaganda from the Ippen School of Pure Land Buddhism185
19Buddhism and Abortion: "The Way to Memorialize One's Mizuko"193
Rituals of Realization
20The Contemplation of Suchness199
21The Purification Formula of the Nakatomi210
22Dogen's Lancet of Seated Meditation220
23Chido's Dreams of Buddhism235
24A Japanese Shugendo Apocryphal Text246
Faith
25On Attaining the Settled Mind: The Condition of the Nembutsu Practitioner257
26Plain Words on the Pure Land Way268
27Shinran's Faith as Immediate Fulfillment in Pure Land Buddhism280
Institutional Practices
Court and Emperor
28The Confucian Monarchy of Nara Japan293
29The Founding of the Monastery Gangoji and a List of Its Treasures299
30Hagiography and History: The Image of Prince Shotoku316
31Nationalistic Shinto: A Child's Guide to Yasukuni Shrine334
Sectarian Founders, Wizards, and Heroes
32En the Ascetic343
33The Founding of Mount Koya and Kukai's Eternal Meditation354
34Legends, Miracles, and Faith in Kobo Daishi and the Shikoku Pilgrimage360
35A Personal Account of the Life of the Venerable Genku370
36Priest Nisshin's Ordeals384
37Makuya: Prayer, Receiving the Holy Spirit, and Bible Study398
Orthopraxis and Orthodoxy
38Muju Ichien's Shinto-Buddhist Syncretism415
39Contested Orthodoxies in Five Mountains Zen Buddhism423
40Motoori Norinaga on the Two Shrines at Ise435
41Shinto in the History of Japanese Religion: An Essay by Kuroda Toshio451
42Sasaki Shoten: Toward a Postmodern Shinshu Theology468
43Contemporary Zen Buddhist Tracts for the Laity: Grassroots Buddhism in Japan487
Special Places
44Keizan's Dream History501
45Tokeiji: Kamakura's "Divorce Temple" in Edo Popular Verse523
AppChinese Romanization Conversion Tables551
Index559

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691057897
Editor:
Tanabe, George J., Jr.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Editor:
Tanabe, George J.
Editor:
Tanabe, George J., Jr.
Author:
Tanabe, George J.
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Confucianism
Subject:
Japan Religion.
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Eastern - General
Subject:
Shintoism
Subject:
Asian and Asian American Studies
Subject:
Religion-Eastern - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Readings in Religions Paperback
Publication Date:
March 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 tables
Pages:
584
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 29 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "Religions of Japan in Practice demonstrates the wide variety of topics and source materials being studied by current scholars of Japan. More important, its very diversity demands that we rethink scholarly categories and boundaries within the field of Japanese religious studies. Both teachers and students will find much that is new and fascinating."--William M. Bodiford, University of California, Los Angeles
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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