Buddhist hagiography in early Japan : images of compassion in the Gyōki tradition

Jonathan Morris Augustine

Hagiographies or idealized biographies which recount the lives of saints, bodhisattvas and other charismatic figures have been the meeting place for myth and experience. In medieval Europe, the 'lives of saints' were read during liturgical celebrations and the texts themselves were treated as sacred objects. In Japan, it was believed that those who read the biographies of lofty monks would acquire merit. Since hagiographies were written or compiled by 'believers', the line between fantasy and reality was often obscured. This study of the bodhisattva Gyoki - regarded as the monk who started the largest social welfare movement in Japan - illustrates how Japanese Buddhist hagiographers chose to regard a single monk's charitable activities as a miraculous achievement that shaped the course of Japanese history.

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  • Introduction: Uncovering the Lives of Gyoki 1. The Received Biography of Gyoki 2. The Historicity of Gyoki's Accounts 3. Gyoki and the Soniryo: Violations of Early Monastic Regulations in Japan 4. Gyoki and the Politics of the Nara Court 5. Gyoki's Charitable Projects 6. The Development of Gyoki Biographies 7. Conclusion

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書名 Buddhist hagiography in early Japan : images of compassion in the Gyōki tradition
著作者等 Augustine, Jonathan Morris
シリーズ名 Curzon studies in Asian religion
出版元 RoutledgeCurzon
刊行年月 2012
ページ数 vi, 173 p.
大きさ 22 cm
ISBN 9780415646291
NCID BB19888026
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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