Zen Sanctuary of Purple Robes
Japan's Tokeiji Convent Since 1285
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: State University of New York Press
In the entry for the fourth day of the seventh month in the year Kencho\ 4 , during the reign of Emperor Gofukakusa, the Azuma kagami (Mirror of the East, ca. 1270)2 notes: “The sky was clear. At noon the wife of Yoshikage, Superintendent of Akita Castle, had an easy delivery of a girl . . . She was called Horiuchi-tono.” (In a little...
As evening shadows lengthen we look back, nearly a quarter century, to the start of a project now finally realized. Our collaborative article, “Sanctuary: Kamakura’s To\keiji Convent,” appeared in the June-September 1983 issue of the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies through the efforts of Nanzan’s James W. Heisig, W. Michael Kelsey, and...
1. Winds of Doctrine:The World of Thought and Feeling in Late Kamakura Japan
In spite of her family’s prominent position in the Kamakura military establishment, we know few details about Lady Horiuchi’s life. But since she was raised in harsh times dominated by the Spartan ideals of the newly risen samurai class, we can make some confident inferences about the kind of person she must have been. We should envision neither...
2. Muju Ichien’s Mirror for Women(Tsuma kagami, 1300):A Buddhist Vernacular Tract of the Late Kamakura Period
An obvious place to begin our search for such factual items bearing on the mind-set of a woman of the military class in the last decades of the thirteenth century would be all kinds of available literature from that time, not necessarily—or even primarily— the official pronouncements of church or state, literarily or historically...
3. Abbess Kakusan and the Kamakura Hojo
As only the “second Englishman in Japan,”2 and at a time of civil unrest when sober historical fact could not easily be disentangled from popular rumor and exaggeration, Cocks can be excused for his inaccuracies. But in comparing accounts of Kamakura at the peak of its prosperity, several generations after Yoritomo, with what he saw of...
4. Princess Yodo’s Purple-clad Nuns
Tokimune’s defense against the Mongols had been a military success, but its economic consequences included the erosion of Hojo political authority and its collapse within decades. The military government took the reasonable precaution of preparing to defend the country against a possible third invasion from the mainland and...
5. From Sanctuary to Divorce Temple:Abbess Tenshu and the Later Kitsuregawa Administrators
Will Adams (Miura Anjin, 1564–1620)2 arrived in Japan at the western island of Kyushu in 1600 and is recognized as the first Englishman to set foot in that country. In the same year, at Sekigahara, Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542–1616) won a decisive victory over his competitors and went on to unify the country under a two and a...
6. Everyday Life at Matsugaoka Tokeiji:Sacred and Secular
As noted in the preface, we are here concerned with the continuity of serious Rinzai Zen practice at Matsugaoka To\keiji during its long history, while giving the popular caricature of “divorce temple” its due—but no more than that. Popular views over time tend to define all historical “facts” unless and until these are consciously...
7. The “Divorce Temple”in Edo Satirical Verse
Among the entertainments of the eighteenth-century Edo townsman was a new verse form called senryu, after the pen name of its most prominent promoter, Karai Hachiemon (Senryu, 1718–1790). Like haiku it consisted of seventeen syllables, usually in groups of 5-7-5. But it required no seasonal reference (kigo) or “cutting words”...
8. Meiji through Heisei:Tokeiji and Rinzai Zen Continuity
The new Meiji government was quick to implement the intentions of the Constitution of 17 June 1868. The old system of court and shogunate, with considerable local autonomy, was replaced by a centralized authority in Tokyo. “On January 22  it was decreed that Buddhist nuns might let their hair grow out, eat meat...
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Page Count: 266
Illustrations: 13 b/w photographs, 5 tables, 5 figures
Publication Year: 2006
OCLC Number: 74712891
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