Released on 1999-01-01Categories

Zen Buddhist Landscape Arts of Early Muromachi Japan (1336-1573)

Zen Buddhist Landscape Arts of Early Muromachi Japan (1336-1573)

Author: Joseph D. Parker

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 9781438415536

Category:

Page: 324

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Examining inscriptions on landscape paintings and related documents, this book explores the views of the "two jewels" of Japanese Zen literature, Gido Shushin (1325-1388) and Zekkai Chushin (1336-1405), and their students. These monks played important roles as advisors to the shoguns Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1408) and Yoshimochi (1386-1428), as well as to major figures in various michi or Ways of linked verse, the No theatre, ink painting, rock gardens, and other arts. By applying images of mountain retreats to their busy urban lives in the capital, these Five Mountain Zen monks provoke reconsiderations of the relation between secular and sacred and nature and culture.
Released on 1999-01-01Categories Religion

Zen Buddhist Landscape Arts of Early Muromachi Japan (1336-1573)

Zen Buddhist Landscape Arts of Early Muromachi Japan (1336-1573)

Author: Joseph D. Parker

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791439097

Category: Religion

Page: 326

View: 425

Examining inscriptions on landscape paintings and related documents, this book explores the views of the "two jewels" of Japanese Zen literature, Gido Shushin (1325-1388) and Zekkai Chushin (1336-1405), and their students. These monks played important roles as advisors to the shoguns Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1408) and Yoshimochi (1386-1428), as well as to major figures in various michi or Ways of linked verse, the No theatre, ink painting, rock gardens, and other arts. By applying images of mountain retreats to their busy urban lives in the capital, these Five Mountain Zen monks provoke reconsiderations of the relation between secular and sacred and nature and culture.
Released on 2017-02-28Categories Art

Japanese Zen Buddhism and the Impossible Painting

Japanese Zen Buddhism and the Impossible Painting

Author: Yukio Lippit

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 9781606065129

Category: Art

Page: 80

View: 958

Zen art poses a conundrum. On the one hand, Zen Buddhism emphasizes the concept of emptiness, which among other things asserts that form is empty, that all phenomena in the world are illusory. On the other hand, a prodigious amount of artwork has been created in association with Zen thought and practice. A wide range of media, genres, expressive modes, and strategies of representation have been embraced to convey the idea of emptiness. Form has been used to express the essence of formlessness, and in Japan, this gave rise to a remarkable, highly diverse array of artworks and a tradition of self-negating art. In this volume, Yukio Lippit explores the painting The Gourd and the Catfish (ca. 1413), widely considered one of the most iconic works of Japanese Zen art today. Its subject matter appears straightforward enough: a man standing on a bank holds a gourd in both hands, attempting to capture or pin down the catfish swimming in the stream below. This is an impossible task, a nonsensical act underscored by the awkwardness with which the figure struggles even to hold his gourd. But this impossibility is precisely the point.
Released on 2009-10-06Categories Art

The Art of Buddhism

The Art of Buddhism

Author: Denise Patry Leidy

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781590306703

Category: Art

Page: 352

View: 859

As its teachings spread from the Indian subcontinent in all directions across Asia, Buddhism influenced every culture it touched—from Afghanistan to Korea, from Mongolia to Java. Buddhist art is a radiant reflection of the encounter of the Buddha’s teachings with the diverse civilizations that came under their sway. It is also an intriguing visual record of the evolution of Buddhist practice and philosophy over a period of more than two millennia. More than two hundred photographs provide the visual context for this tour of the world of Buddhist art. Included in the rich variety of forms are architecture and monumental art, statuary, paintings, calligraphy, fresco, brushwork, and textile arts. Denise Leidy’s guide is the perfect introductory text for all those intrigued by this splendid aesthetic tradition. It also an essential resource for all who seek to understand Buddhist art as teaching.
Released on 2012-09-03Categories Religion

Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Religions

Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Religions

Author:

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004234369

Category: Religion

Page: 676

View: 291

Representing work by some of the leading scholars in the field, this volume presents important topics in the religious environment of contemporary Japan by surveying exciting trends, religious change and innovation, and the interactivity of religion with market and global forces.
Released on 2017-09-06Categories Religion

From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen

From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen

Author: Steven Heine

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190637521

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen investigates the remarkable century that lasted from 1225 to 1325, during which the transformation of the Chinese Chan school of Buddhism into the Japanese Zen sect was successfully completed. Steven Heine reveals how this school of Buddhism, which started half a millennium earlier as a mystical utopian cult for reclusive monks, gained a broad following among influential lay followers in both China and Japan.
Released on 2018-04-27Categories Political Science

Modern Japan, Student Economy Edition

Modern Japan, Student Economy Edition

Author: Mikiso Hane

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429973062

Category: Political Science

Page: 610

View: 954

This book presents the essential facts of modern Japanese history. It covers a variety of important developments through the 1990s, giving special consideration to how traditional Japanese modes of thought and behavior have affected the recent developments.
Released on 2003Categories Philosophy

The Zen Arts

The Zen Arts

Author: Rupert A. Cox

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0700714758

Category: Philosophy

Page: 278

View: 227

Combining anthropological descriptions with historical criticism, Cox situates the Zen arts within contemporary critical discourses.
Released on 2019-12-19Categories Philosophy

Merleau-Ponty and Nishida

Merleau-Ponty and Nishida

Author: Adam Loughnane

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 9781438476131

Category: Philosophy

Page: 444

View: 354

Places the phenomenologies of Merleau-Ponty and Nishida in dialogue and uncovers a demand for a motor-perceptual form of faith in both philosophers’ meditations on artistic expression. In Merleau-Ponty and Nishida, Adam Loughnane initiates a fascinating new dialogue between two of the twentieth century’s most important phenomenologists of the Eastern and Western philosophical worlds. Throughout the book, the reader is guided among the intricacies and innovations of Merleau-Ponty’s and Nishida’s ontological approaches to artistic expression with a focused look at a rarely explored connection between faith and negation in their philosophies. Exploring the intertwining of these concepts in their broader ontologies invokes a reappraisal of the ambiguous status of religion and art in the writings of both thinkers. Measuring these ambiguities, the ontologies of Flesh and Basho are read in-depth alongside great artworks and the motor-perceptual practices of seminal landscape artists such as Cézanne, Sesshū, Taiga, and Hasegawa, as well as other major figures of European, Chinese, and Japanese art history. Loughnane studies these artists’ bodily practices, focusing on the intimate relations realized with the landscapes they paint, and illuminating a valence of their expressive disciplines as a motor-perceptual form of faith. Merleau-Ponty and Nishida is an exciting intercultural reading, expanding two philosophers’ projects toward new horizons of research, revealing incitements in their writings that challenge unambiguous distinctions between art, philosophy, faith, and ultimately philosophy East and West. Adam Loughnane is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University College Cork, Ireland.
Released on 2021-06-08Categories Religion

The Other Side of Zen

The Other Side of Zen

Author: Duncan Ry?ken Williams

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400832590

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 844

Popular 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.
Released on 2022Categories

Wisdom Within Words

Wisdom Within Words

Author: Steven Heine

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197553527

Category:

Page: 281

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"This book is the first complete bilingual edition and annotated translation of the poetry collection entitled Mystery Within Words (Kuchūgen), which features 150 Chinese-style verses (kanshi) written by Dōgen Zenji (1200-1253), founder of the Sōtō Zen sect in early medieval Japan. These poems are very important for highlighting several key aspects of Dōgen's manner of thinking and process of writing. Dōgen composed Sinitic poetry throughout all stages of his career at both Kōshōji temple in Kyoto and Eiheiji temple in the remote mountains. for various purposes. These aims included reflections on meditation during periods of reclusion, commenting on cryptic kōan cases, eulogizing deceased patriarchs, celebrating festivals and seasonal occasions, welcoming new administrative appointees at the temple, remarking on the life of the Buddha and other aspects of attaining enlightenment, and offering capping phrases that help highlight prose teachings or instructions. Although Dōgen's poetry has often been overlooked by the sectarian tradition, even though this collection was edited by the most eminent Edo period scholar-monk, Menzan, this style should of writing now be regarded in relation to the valuable roles that poetry played in the development of East Asian Buddhist contemplative life"--
Released on 2021-07-15Categories Philosophy

Historical Dictionary of Buddhism

Historical Dictionary of Buddhism

Author: Carl Olson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538130247

Category: Philosophy

Page: 418

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Historical Dictionary of Buddhism, Second Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 900 cross-referenced entries on important personalities as well as complex theological concepts, significant practices, and basic writings and texts.