Women Living Zen

Women Living Zen

Japanese Sōtō Buddhist Nuns

eBook - 1999
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In this study, based on both historical evidence and ethnographic data, Paula Arai shows that nuns were central agents in the foundation of Buddhism in Japan in the sixth century. They were active participants in the Soto Zen sect, and have continued to contribute to the advancement of thesect to the present day. Drawing on her fieldwork among the Soto nuns, Arai demonstrates that the lives of many of these women embody classical Buddhist ideals. They have chosen to lead a strictly disciplined monastic life over against successful careers and the unconstrained contemporary secularlifestyle. In this, and other respects, they can be shown to stand in stark contrast to their male counterparts.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [1999]
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780195123937
019512393X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 233 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: ebrary, Inc

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