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Discourse and Ideology in Medieval Japanese Buddhism by Richard K. Payne

By Richard K. Payne

The medieval interval of eastern non secular heritage is often often called one during which there has been a thorough transformation of the spiritual tradition. This e-book indicates an alternative method of knowing the dynamics of that transformation. One major subject of research specializes in what Buddhism - its practices and doctrines, its traditions and associations - intended for medieval eastern peoples themselves. this is often completed by utilizing the notions of discourse and beliefs and juxtaposing a variety of themes on shared linguistic practices and discursive worlds of medieval jap Buddhism. Collating contributions from striking students within the box of Buddhist reviews, the editors have created a massive work that builds on initial paintings on rethinking the significance and which means of Kamakura Buddhism released lately in English, and provides vastly to the talk.

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Something like this idea of intrusion is necessary to explain how a culture or an individual comes to undergo radical rather than ordinary change. Most change is nonintrusive and largely invisible because it fits into and is accommodated by the system of understanding already in place. It alters that system but in incremental ways. But if metaphor is capable of intruding on that scheme then we have one possible cause for large-scale change in the fabric of understanding. Intellectual historians look back at certain seminal events as precursors to conceptual revolution where not just one way of understanding something changed, but the whole fabric of understanding changed.

Such nonduality is often only implicit and not fully developed in the original kOan and commentaries, before their “turning” by Dogen. Like Dogen, Shinran also engaged in creative hermeneutic strategies. Eisho Nasu examines the origins of these strategies in the styles of exegesis developed in the Eshin-ryu of Tendai. As Nasu demonstrates, such projects do not exist in isolation from the social and political settings of their time. He first sets out the doctrinal conflicts within which not only Shinran, but also several of Honen’s other senior disciples, wrote works in defense of his key work, the SenjakushU.

Albany: State University of New York Press, 1992. See also Malcolm David Eckel, To See the Buddha: A Philosopher’s Quest for the Meaning of Emptiness, 1992, reprint, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994. See also George Tanabe’s discussion of visions in his MyOe the Dreamkeeper: Fantasy and Knowledge in Early Kamakura Buddhism, Cambridge, MA: Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University, and Harvard University Press, 1992. 19 DALE S. WRIGHT 2 METAPHOR AND THEORY OF CULTURAL CHANGE In search of skillful means for understanding Kamakura Buddhism Dale S.

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