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A Rite of Their Own: Japanese Buddhist Nuns and the Anan kōshiki
Author Ambros, Barbara
Source Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
Volumev.43 n.1
Pages207 - 250
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
NoteBarbara R. Ambros is a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
KeywordĀnanda; Mahāprajāpatī; nuns; Sōtō Zen; kōshiki; keka; Myōe; Kankō; Aoyama Shundō; Eight Pure Precepts; Eight Heavy Rules
AbstractThis article presents a history of the Anan kōshiki, a chanted lecture dedicated to the Buddha’s disciple Ānanda. After briefly discussing its precursors in ancient India and China, I examine this ritual in three moments of time—its medieval Japanese origins, its early modern revitalization, and its contemporary performances and a contemporary commentary on the ritual. The ritual has been performed exclusively by Buddhist nuns in honor of Ānanda’s role in convincing the Buddha to admit women to the monastic order. I argue that the ritual has functioned polysemously for nuns, affirming their marginalization and lesser status vis-à-vis the male clergy, while also serving as a means for nuns to celebrate their gender difference as female monastics. The full translation of the Anan kōshiki appears in the online supplement of this JJRS issue.
Table of contentsPrecursors of the Anan kōshiki 209
The Composition of the Anan kōshiki in the Medieval Period 215
The Revitalization of the Ritual within a Sōtō Nuns’ Network 218
The Contents of the Anan kōshiki 223
Celebrating Difference: An Interpretation of the Anan kōshiki 227
Aoyama Shundō’s Commentary on the Anan kōshiki 237
Conclusion 245
References 246
ISSN03041042 (P)
Created date2016.07.11
Modified date2017.09.14

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