Prince and the Monk, The: Shotoku Worship in Shinran's Buddhism

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SUNY Press, Feb 1, 2012 - Religion - 242 pages
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The Prince and the Monk addresses the historical development of the political and religious myths surrounding Shōtoku Taishi and their influence on Shinran, the founder of the Jōdo-Shinshū school of Pure Land Buddhism. Shōtoku Taishi (574–622) was a prince who led the campaign to unify Japan, wrote the imperial constitution, and promoted Buddhism as a religion of peace and prosperity. Shinran’s Buddhism developed centuries later during the Kamakura period, which began in the late twelfth century. Kenneth Doo Young Lee discusses Shinran’s liturgical text, his dream of Shōtoku’s manifestation as Kannon (the world-saving Bodhisattva of Compassion), and other relevant events during his life. In addition, this book shows that Shinran’s Buddhism was consistent with honji suijaku culture—the synthesis of the Shinto and Buddhist pantheons—prevalent during the Kamakura period.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Shinran and Shotoku
9
2 The Legends of Shotoku
31
3 Images of Shotoku in Early Japan
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4 Images of Shotoku in Medieval Japan
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5 Shotoku and Shinrans Buddhism
107
Conclusion
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Appendix A Selected Sourceson Shotoku Legends
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Appendix B A Translation of ShinransKotaishi Shotoku hosanHymns of Respect to Imperial PrinceShotoku written in Kencho 7 1255at the age of Ei...
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Notes
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Selected Bibliography
201
Index
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Kenneth Doo Young Lee is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at California State University at Northridge.

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