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Sources of Japanese Tradition - From Earliest Times to 1600 (Paperback, second edition): Wm.Theodore De Bary, Carol Gluck,... Sources of Japanese Tradition - From Earliest Times to 1600 (Paperback, second edition)
Wm.Theodore De Bary, Carol Gluck, Arthur Tiedemann; Edited by Wm.Theodore De Bary, Carol Gluck, …
R877 R668 Discovery Miles 6 680 Save R209 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Sources of Japanese Tradition is a best-selling classic, unrivaled for its wide selection of source readings on history, society, politics, education, philosophy, and religion in the Land of the Rising Sun. In this long-awaited second edition, the editors have revised or retranslated most of the texts in the original 1958 edition, and added a great many selections not included or translated before. They have also restructured volume 1 to span the period from the early Japanese chronicles to the end of the sixteenth century. New additions include:

o readings on early and medieval Shinto and on the tea ceremony,

o readings on state Buddhism and Chinese political thought influential in Japan, and

o sections on women's education, medieval innovations in the uses of history, and laws and precepts of the medieval warrior houses.

Together, the selections shed light on the development of Japanese civilization in its own terms, without reference to Western parallels, and will continue to assist generations of students and lay readers in understanding Japanese culture.

Religions of Japan in Practice (Paperback): George J. Tanabe Religions of Japan in Practice (Paperback)
George J. Tanabe
R1,184 R888 Discovery Miles 8 880 Save R296 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This anthology reflects a range of Japanese religions in their complex, sometimes conflicting, diversity. In the tradition of the Princeton Readings in Religions series, the collection presents documents (legends and miracle tales, hagiographies, ritual prayers and ceremonies, sermons, reform treatises, doctrinal tracts, historical and ethnographic writings), most of which have been translated for the first time here, that serve to illuminate the mosaic of Japanese religions in practice.

George Tanabe provides a lucid introduction to the "patterned confusion" of Japan's religious practices. He has ordered the anthology's forty-five readings under the categories of "Ethical Practices," "Ritual Practices," and "Institutional Practices," moving beyond the traditional classifications of chronology, religious traditions (Shinto, Confucianism, Buddhism, etc.), and sects, and illuminating the actual orientation of people who engage in religious practices. Within the anthology's three broad categories, subdivisions address the topics of social values, clerical and lay precepts, gods, spirits, rituals of realization, faith, court and emperor, sectarian founders, wizards, and heroes, orthopraxis and orthodoxy, and special places. Dating from the eighth through the twentieth centuries, the documents are revealed to be open to various and evolving interpretations, their meanings dependent not only on how they are placed in context but also on how individual researchers read them. Each text is preceded by an introductory explanation of the text's essence, written by its translator. Instructors and students will find these explications useful starting points for their encounters with the varied worlds of practice within which the texts interact with readers and changing contexts.

"Religions of Japan in Practice" is a compendium of relationships between great minds and ordinary people, abstruse theories and mundane acts, natural and supernatural powers, altruism and self-interest, disappointment and hope, quiescence and war. It is an indispensable sourcebook for scholars, students, and general readers seeking engagement with the fertile "ordered disorder" of religious practice in Japan.

Writings of Nichiren Shonin - Doctrine 2 (Paperback, Aladdin Paperba): Nichiren Writings of Nichiren Shonin - Doctrine 2 (Paperback, Aladdin Paperba)
Nichiren; Volume editing by Kyotsu Hori, George J. Tanabe
R639 Discovery Miles 6 390 Special order

This volume, a project of the English Translation Committee of the Nichiren-shu Overseas Propagation Promotion Association (NOPPA), constitutes all 23 writings of Buddhist reformer Nichiren Shonin (1222-1282) included in the Nichiren Shonin Zenshu, Volume II: Theology 2, published in 1996.

Death and the Afterlife in Japanese Buddhism (Hardcover): Jacqueline Stone, Mariko Namba Walter Death and the Afterlife in Japanese Buddhism (Hardcover)
Jacqueline Stone, Mariko Namba Walter; Contributions by Mark L. Blum, Stephen G. Covell, Hank Glassman, …
R1,119 Discovery Miles 11 190 Special order

For more than a thousand years, Buddhism has dominated Japanese death rituals and concepts of the afterlife. The nine essays in this volume, ranging chronologically from the tenth century to the present, bring to light both continuity and change in death practices over time. They also explore the interrelated issues of how Buddhist death rites have addressed individual concerns about the afterlife while also filling social and institutional needs and how Buddhist death-related practices have assimilated and refigured elements from other traditions, bringing together disparate, even conflicting, ideas about the dead, their postmortem fate, and what constitutes normative Buddhist practice. The idea that death, ritually managed, can mediate an escape from deluded rebirth is treated in the first two essays, followed by explorations of Buddhist death rites that worked to encourage the maintenance of emotional bonds with the deceased and, in so doing, helped structure the social world of the living. The rise of standardized funerals in Japan's early modern period forms the subject of a chapter that shows how the Sōtō Zen sect established itself in rural communities by incorporating local religious culture into its death rites. The final three chapters deal with contemporary funerary and mortuary practices and the controversies surrounding them.

Japanese Buddhist Temples of Hawai'i - An Illustrated Guide (Hardcover, New): George J. Tanabe, Willa Jane Tanabe Japanese Buddhist Temples of Hawai'i - An Illustrated Guide (Hardcover, New)
George J. Tanabe, Willa Jane Tanabe
R945 Discovery Miles 9 450 Special order

Upon entering a Japanese Buddhist temple in Hawai`i, most people - whether first-time visitors or lifelong members - are overwhelmed by the elaborate and complex display of golden ornaments, intricately carved altar tables and incense burners, and images of venerable masters and bodhisattvas. These objects, as well as the architectural elements of the temple itself, have meanings that are often hidden in ancient symbolisms. This book, written by two local authorities on Japanese art and religion, provides a thorough yet accessible overview of Buddhism in Hawai`i followed by a temple-by-temple guide to the remaining structures across the state.Introductory chapters cover the basic history, teachings, and practices of various denominations and the meanings of objects commonly found in temples. Taken together, they form a short primer on Buddhism in Japan and Hawai`i. The heart of the book is a narrative description of the ninety temples still extant in Hawai`i. Augmented by over 350 color photographs, each entry begins with historical background information and continues with descriptions of architecture, sanctuaries, statuary and ritual implements, columbariums, and grounds. Appended at the end is a chart listing each temple's denomination, membership number, and architectural type.While many Buddhist temples in Hawai`i are active social and religious centers, a good number are in serious decline. In addition to being an introduction to Buddhism and a guide book, Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawai`i is an indispensable historical record of what exists today and what may be gone tomorrow. It will appeal to temple members, pilgrims, residents, and tourists interested in local cultural and historic sites, and historians of Buddhism in Hawai`i.

Practically Religious - Worldly Benefits and the Common Religion of Japan (Paperback): Ian Reader, George J. Tanabe, George J.... Practically Religious - Worldly Benefits and the Common Religion of Japan (Paperback)
Ian Reader, George J. Tanabe, George J. Tanabe Jr (University of Hawaii, USA)
R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Special order

Praying for practical benefits (genze riyaku) is a common religious activity in Japan. Despite its widespread nature and the vast numbers of people who pray and purchase amulets and talismans for everything from traffic safety and education success to business prosperity and protection from disease, the practice has been virtually ignored in academic studies or relegated to the margins as a product of superstition or an aberration from the true dynamics of religion. Basing their work on a fusion of textual, ethnographic, historical, and contemporary studies, the authors of this volume demonstrate the fallacy of such views, showing that, far from being marginal, the concepts and practices surrounding genze riyaku lie at the very heart of the Japanese religious world.

Japanese Buddhist Temples of Hawai'i - An Illustrated Guide (Paperback, New): George J. Tanabe, Willa Jane Tanabe Japanese Buddhist Temples of Hawai'i - An Illustrated Guide (Paperback, New)
George J. Tanabe, Willa Jane Tanabe
R449 R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Save R40 (9%) Special order

Upon entering a Japanese Buddhist temple in Hawai`i, most people - whether first-time visitors or lifelong members - are overwhelmed by the elaborate and complex display of golden ornaments, intricately carved altar tables and incense burners, and images of venerable masters and bodhisattvas. These objects, as well as the architectural elements of the temple itself, have meanings that are often hidden in ancient symbolisms. This book, written by two local authorities on Japanese art and religion, provides a thorough yet accessible overview of Buddhism in Hawai`i followed by a temple-by-temple guide to the remaining structures across the state.Introductory chapters cover the basic history, teachings, and practices of various denominations and the meanings of objects commonly found in temples. Taken together, they form a short primer on Buddhism in Japan and Hawai`i. The heart of the book is a narrative description of the ninety temples still extant in Hawai`i. Augmented by over 350 color photographs, each entry begins with historical background information and continues with descriptions of architecture, sanctuaries, statuary and ritual implements, columbariums, and grounds. Appended at the end is a chart listing each temple's denomination, membership number, and architectural type.While many Buddhist temples in Hawai`i are active social and religious centers, a good number are in serious decline. In addition to being an introduction to Buddhism and a guide book, Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawai`i is an indispensable historical record of what exists today and what may be gone tomorrow. It will appeal to temple members, pilgrims, residents, and tourists interested in local cultural and historic sites, and historians of Buddhism in Hawai`i.

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