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Relic-Texts and Temples: The Shōtoku Cult, Silla and the Roots of Japanese Buddhism
Author Como, Michael
Source International Journal of Buddhist Thought & Culture=국제불교문화사상사학회
Volumev.28 n.1
Pages11 - 34
PublisherInternational Association for Buddhist Thought and Culture
Publisher Url
LocationSeoul, Korea [首爾, 韓國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NoteMichael COMO is the Tōshū Fukami Associate Professor of Shinto Studies at Columbia University.
KeywordHuisi; Shitennōji; Prince Shōtoku; Sutra burial; Iconic texts
AbstractThis paper engages a set of issues related to recent discussions concerning interactions between texts, narratives, and materiality in the formation and development of religious movements. In contrast to the general tendency of such studies to presume a high level of background literacy, this paper asks how the transmission of the Buddhist tradition to the Japanese islands at a time when Japan was still essentially a preliterate society helped shape early Japanese understandings of Buddhist scriptures and their uses. The paper engages these issues by focusing on two important moments in the development of the Japanese Buddhist tradition. The first of these centers on the construction of the founding legend of Japanese Buddhism. This legend helped define the relationship between the Buddhist tradition and the early Japanese state and, more broadly, established a reference point for later Buddhist movements seeking to plot new doctrinal or social trajectories. The second phenomenon addressed by the paper concerns the origins for the practice of sutra burials that became widespread beginning in the first decade of the 11th century. This practice, in which religious devotees buried sutras in the earth in the hopes that they could be accessed in the Final Age of the Dharma, both reflected and helped shape early Japanese Pure Land belief.
Table of contentsAbstract
Introduction 13
Prince Shōtoku 13
Silla Immigrants and the Founding Legend of Japanese Buddhism 15
Buddhist Textuality and Sutra Burials 20
Michinaga 22
Huisi’s Vow and Buried Scripture 22
Shōtoku as the Reincarnation of Huisi 24
Shitennōji goshuin engi 四天王寺御手印縁起 25
Conclusion 28
References 31
ISSN15987914 (P)
Created date2021.03.12
Modified date2021.03.12

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