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This book serves both as a reference and resource on Japanese Buddhism in Hawaii and a guidebook for anyone wishing to understand either as an armchair tourist or a temple visitor. The book provides a concise explanation of the major denominations of Japanese Buddhism, a typology of temple architecture in Hawaii, explanations of forms and meanings of interior layouts and furnishings, and individual entries for each of the 91 temples, many of them soon to disappear for lack of membership in the State. There are appendixes that include map with temple locations, a chart of temples according to their denominations and outstanding cultural/artistic features, and a list of membership numbers.
Drawing on 30 years in Japan and deep personal interest in Shinto, the authors have put together a very useable guide to 66 of Japans most important Shinto shrines. Included in the book is a detailed and well-illustrated introductory essay on the history of Shinto, its rituals, beliefs, special celebrations, gods, and symbolism. Entries are organized by region and include thorough treatment of both the physical and spiritual features of each shrine, along with practical information on how to visit and best times to go. Also included is an extensive calendar of annual festivals at each shrine.
In this strikingly illustrated and authoritative volume, readers have an introduction to one of the world's greatest living faiths. 200 color photos, maps & drawings.
Although the lines of the palm of the hand are barely visible in the early light, the monks of the Tofukuji monastery have been about their familiar rounds of daily tasks for several hours. Their routine is simple but faithfully practiced. Within its repetition lies the key to the self and the Buddha who resides within. The daily life of the monastery is portrayed here in ninety-seven watercolor sketches. Drawn during his last years by the Zen monk Giei Sato, these sketches recollect his days as an unsui, an apprentice monk. With humor and steadfast warmth Sato depicts the day of leaving home and the day of returning; the rainy season and the snowy season; the chores, the celebrations, the days of cleaning, and the days of begging. Each of the charming drawings is enhanced by a brief description of the event portrayed, a touch of Zen teaching, or a note on monastic life.
Over 1,700 alphabetically-arranged entries cover the beliefs, practices, significant movements, organizations, and personalities associated with Zen Buddhism.
"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." "Death and the Afterlife in Japanese Buddhism constitutes a major step toward understanding how Buddhism in Japan has forged and retained its hold on deathrelated thought and practice, providing one of the most detailed and comprehensive accounts of the topic to date."--BOOK JACKET.
This study moves beyond the treatment of the original enlightenment doctrine as abstract philosophy to explore its historical dimension. Drawing on a wealth of medieval primary sources and modern Japanese scholarship, it places this discourse in its ritual, institutional and social contexts.

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