Buddhism and/as Performance

In: Journal of Religion in Japan
Author: Bernard Faure1
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Japanese and Western scholars have long pointed out the influence of Buddhism—and in particular of Zen and Amidism—on the formation of Nō drama. Yet, in spite of the many important works published on the origins and evolution of the performing arts (geinō 芸能), the influence of these arts on the formation and dissemination of Buddhist ideals, theories, practices, and mythologies has received surprisingly little attention. This lacuna, in turn, is reflective of broader scholarly trends in which the ritual or performative aspects of Buddhism have been neglected in favor of its doctrinal or philosophical dimension, while the religious

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