Edited by Bettina Gramlich-Oka and Gregory J. Smits
The extensively annotated translation opens with a brief textual study of the Gomô jigi and an intellectual biography of Jinsai. While highlighting the Neo-Confucian text, the author suggests that the Gomô jigi espouses a systematic philosophical worldview for chônin, or townspeople, living in the ancient imperial capital, Kyoto, even during an age of ascendant samurai power.
The translation makes accessible to Western readers one of the earliest texts of Tokugawa philosophy. Those interested in Chinese and East Asian philosophy will find it enlightening since the topics that Jinsai addresses are also seminal ones in those fields.
Edited by W.J. Boot
East Asian and Global Perspectives
Edited by Nanny Kim and Keiko Nagase-Reimer
Edited by Keiko Nagase-Reimer
Contributors include: IMAI Noriko, IWASAKI Yoshinori, LIU Shiuh-Feng, MATSUURA Akira, and Keiko NAGASE-REIMER.
1983-1987 Japan at the XVIIth International Congress of Historical Sciences in Madrid
Edited by National
Eiichi Katō 'The Age of the Great Voyages and Japan's "National Seclusion"'.
Nobuyuki Yoshida 'The Early Modern City in Japan'.
Kazumi Kobayashi 'Popular Movements and Religion in China and Korea'.
Nobuko Nagasaki 'South Asian Popular Movements and Religion'.
Bunji Kubota 'China and the Debate on Asian Modernization'.
Kirishitan Belief and Practice
Subjects included are lay missionaries, followers’ engagement in symbols and rituals, Japanese catechism, and apostasy, underground practice, and martyrdom under persecution.
This book provides fascinating new information about the faith and practice of the Japanese followers, and expands the horizon of historical studies of Japanese Christianity. It will be an important source for students of Japanese studies, religious history, and studies of cross-cultural interaction.
Edited by B. Shillony
Brill's Critical Readings publications are a one stop reference resource in English, presenting high quality scholarship on one subject area assembled by experts in the field. By selecting the best material published to-date from a huge bank of sources, and contextualizing it thematically, the editor creates a unique tool for rapid access not only to seminal works but also to less familiar texts.
Faith, Race and Strategy
This paper introduces embryological discourses in early modern Sōtō Zen. It demonstrates that these discourses formed a vital and integral part of Sōtō teachings and concludes that embryological, or, more widely, reproductive and sexual notions, formed part of the late medieval and early modern Japanese Buddhist mainstream. To make these points, the paper draws on Sōtō kirigami, secret, initiatory documents passed from master to disciple. Based on these, the paper argues that Sōtō embryological discourse focused on two topics. Firstly, ontogenesis was conceptualised in terms drawn mainly from funerary contexts. This reflects the growing importance funerals occupied in early modern Zen. Secondly, Zen meditative practice itself was cast as a return to the origin qua womb in a network of associations uniting cosmogonic, doctrinal, soteriological, and sexual notions. Consequently, Zen monks came to understand Dharma transmission as reproductive in nature. The paper concludes that the embryological discourses found in Sōtō Zen are one example of how Zen monks developed their teachings in conversation with the intellectual climate of their times and suggests that to classify this conversation in terms of “orthodox” or “heterodox” doctrines or “elite” or “popular” practices diminishes its complexity and reflects academic biases rather than historical reality.