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The Other Side of Zen: A Social History of Soto Zen Buddhism in Tokugawa Japan
Author Williams, Duncan Ryuken
PublisherPrinceton University Press
Publisher Url
LocationPrinceton, NJ, US [普林斯顿, 紐澤西州, 美國]
SeriesBuddhisms: A Princeton University Press Series
Content type書籍=Book
NoteDuncan Ryuken Williams is Assistant Professor of East Asian Buddhism and Culture at the University of California, Irvine.
Keyword地獄=Hell=Naraka; 佛教人物=Buddhist; 佛教經典=Buddhist Scriptures=Sutra; 法師=Master; 長行=契經=修多羅=Sutra; 信心=Belief=Faith; 苯教=Bon; 修行方法=修行法門=Practice; 曹洞宗=Soto Zen Buddhism; 道元=Dogen; 靜坐=Meditation; 禪宗=Zazen Buddhism=Zen Buddhism=Son Buddhism=Chan Buddhism; 禪修=Meditation; 願文=Prayer
AbstractPopular understanding of Zen Buddhism typically involves a stereotyped image of isolated individuals in meditation, contemplating nothingness. This book presents the "other side of Zen," by examining the movement's explosive growth during the Tokugawa period (1600-1867) in Japan and by shedding light on the broader Japanese religious landscape during the era. Using newly-discovered manuscripts, Duncan Ryuken Williams argues that the success of Soto Zen was due neither to what is most often associated with the sect, Zen meditation, nor to the teachings of its medieval founder Dogen, but rather to the social benefits it conveyed.

Zen Buddhism promised followers many tangible and attractive rewards, including the bestowal of such perquisites as healing, rain-making, and fire protection, as well as "funerary Zen" rites that assured salvation in the next world. Zen temples also provided for the orderly registration of the entire Japanese populace, as ordered by the Tokugawa government, which led to stable parish membership.

Williams investigates both the sect's distinctive religious and ritual practices and its nonsectarian participation in broader currents of Japanese life. While much previous work on the subject has consisted of passages on great medieval Zen masters and their thoughts strung together and then published as "the history of Zen," Williams' work is based on care ul examination of archival sources including temple logbooks, prayer and funerary manuals, death registries, miracle tales of popular Buddhist deities, secret initiation papers, villagers' diaries, and fund-raising donor lists.

Table of contents
List of figures and tables
1. Toward a social history of Soto Zen
2. Registering the family, memorializing the ancestors : the Zen temple and the parishioner household
3. Funerary Zen : managing the dead in the world beyond
4. The cult of Doryo Daigongen : Daiyuzan and Soto Zen prayer temples
5. Medicine and faith healing in the Soto Zen tradition
Conclusion : the other side of Zen
App. A. Nyonin Jobutsu Ketsubonkyo Engi (the origins of the blood pool hell sutra for women's salvation)
App. B. Shinsen Gedoku Manbyoen Fukuyo No Koto (how to prepare and take the wizard mountain "poison-dispelling" pill that cures all illnesses).
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN0691119287; 9780691119281
Created date2005.02.04
Modified date2014.03.25

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