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Title Going Forth : Visions of Buddhist Vinaya / William M. Bodiford.

Published Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, [2005]


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Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- Introduction / Bodiford, William M. -- 1. Visionary Repentance and Visionary Ordination in the Brahmā Net Sūtra -- 2. The Precious Scroll of the Liang Emperor: Buddhist and Daoist Repentance to Save the Dead / Chappell, David W. -- 3. Daoxuan's Vision of Jetavana: The Ordination Platform Movement in Medieval Chinese Buddhism / McRae, John R. -- 4. Buddhist Precepts in a Lawless World: Some Comments on the Linhuai Ordination Scandal / Barrett, T. H. -- 5. From the Chinese Vinaya Tradition to Chan Regulations: Continuity and Adaptation / Yifa -- 6. Vinaya Monasteries, Public Abbacies, and State Control of Buddhism under the Song (960-1279) / Schlütter, Morten -- 7. Popular Religion and Pure Land in Song-Dynasty Tiantai Bodhisattva Precept Ordination Ceremonies / Getz, Daniel A. -- 8. Bodhidharma's Precepts in Japan / Bodiford, William M. -- 9. Tradition and Innovation: Eison's Self-Ordinations and the Establishment of New Orders of Buddhist Practitioners / Groner, Paul -- 10. Precepts in Japanese Pure Land Buddhism: The Jōdoshū / Dobbins, James C. -- 11. The Debate over Meat Eating in Japanese Buddhism / Jaffe, Richard M. -- Bibliography -- Contributors -- Index
Summary In its role as a scriptural charter, vinaya has justified widely dissimilar approaches to religious life as Buddhist orders in different times and places have interpreted it in contradictory ways. In the resulting tension between scripture and practice, certain kinds of ceremonial issues (such as those involving lineage, seniority, initiation, purification, repentance, visualization, vows, ordination) acquire profound social, psychological, doctrinal, and soteriological significance in Buddhism. Going Forth focuses on these issues over a wide sweep of history--from early fifth-century China to modern Japan--to provide readers with a rich overview of the intersection of doctrinal, ritual, and institutional concerns in the development of East Asian Buddhist practices. Despite the crucial importance of vinaya, especially for understanding Buddhism in East Asia, very little scholarship in Western languages exists on this fascinating topic. The essays presented here, written by senior scholars in the field, go beyond the timeworn method of relying on prescriptive accounts in the scriptures to describe what imaginary Buddhists must have done (or do). Rather, they address how actual people responded to local social and cultural imperatives by reading scripture in innovative ways to give new life to tradition. They place real people, practices, and institutions at the center of each account, revealing both diversity and unity, continuity and transformation, in Buddhist customs. The result is a well-integrated, accessible work--relevant for Buddhist studies, but with wider implications for anyone interested in East Asian cultural heritage. Contributors: T. H. Barrett, William Bodiford, David W. Chappell, James C. Dobbins, Daniel A. Getz, Paul Groner, John R. McRae, Morten Schlütter, Nobuyoshi Yamabe, Yifa.
Language notes In English.
Other author Bodiford, William M., editor.
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Buddhist monasticism and religious orders -- Rules.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780824851774
Standard Number 10.21313/9780824851774