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Placing Nichiren in the "Big Picture": Some Ongoing Issues in Scholarship
Author Stone, Jacqueline I.
Source Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
Volumev.26 n.3-4
Pages384 - 421
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
KeywordNichiren; Tendai; original enlightenment; Kamakura Buddhism; medieval Japan; shinkoku
AbstractThis article places Nichiren within the context of three larger scholarly
issues: definitions of the new Buddhist movements of the Kamakura period;
the reception of the Tendai discourse of original enlightenment (hongaku)
among the new Buddhist movements; and new attempts, emerging in the
medieval period, to locate “Japan ” in the cosmos and in history. It shows
how Nicmren has been represented as either politically conservative or rad­
ical, marginal to the new Buddhism or its paradigmatic figv/re, depending'
upon which model of “Kamakura new Buddhism” is employed. It also
shows how the question of Nichiren,s appropriation of original enlighten­
ment thought has been influenced by models of Kamakura Buddnism
emphasizing the polarity between “old” and “new,institutions and sug­
gests a different approach. Lastly, it surveys some aspects of Nichiren ys
thinking- about “Japan ” for the light they shed on larger, emergent medieval
discourses of Japan relioiocosmic significance, an issue that cuts across
the “old Buddhism,,/ “new Buddhism ” divide.
ISSN03041042 (P)
Created date2013.01.10
Modified date2017.08.28

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