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Quiet-Sitting and Political Activism: The Thought and Practice of Sato Naokata
Author Tucker, John Allen
Source Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
Volumev.29 n.1-2
Pages107 - 146
PublisherNanzan Institute for Religion and Culture=南山宗教文化研究所
Publisher Url
Location名古屋, 日本 [Nagoya, Japan]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Keyword日本佛教=Japanese Buddhism; 佛教與儒家=儒佛會通=Buddhism and Confucianism; 禪修=Meditation; Sato Naokata; quiet-sitting(seiza); Zhu Xi; Yamazaki Ansai; Asami Keisai; Tang and Wu; Inoue Tetsu-jiro; Zen
AbstractTh paper shows that quiet-sitting (seiza),a Neo-Confucian meditative practice,accommodated,at least in the thought of Sato Naokata, a readiness to endorse energetic political activism,especially in the form of aggressive opposition to tyranny. The paper first examines Naokata's writings on quiet-sitting,especially his Seiza setsu hikki (Notes on quiet-sitting),to establish the pervasive importance of quiet-sitting to Naokata.

The paper then explores Naokata's writings on the problem of King Tang and King Wu,two sage-kings described in the ancient Chinese classics as having risen to power after overthrowing oppressive tyrants. Unlike most other Japanese Neo-Confucian scholars associated with Yamazaki Ansai's "Kimon" teachings, Naokata was much more prepared to recognize the full sagacity of Tang and Wu rather than denigrate them because of their violent rise to power. By juxtaposing these two seemingly disparate aspects of Naokata’s thought,quiet-sitting and his positive assessment of Tang and Wu,the paper suggests that quiet-sitting,at least for Naokata, served as the epistemological foundation for legitimization of remonstration against oppressive rule,and even political activism meant to end the same.
ISSN03041042 (P)
Created date2004.01.16
Modified date2017.08.28

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