Cover

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The Prince and the Monk

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p. iii

Copyright

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pp. iv-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

"It's 3:00 A.M. on February 9, 2006. I didn't think this time would ever come, but I'm thankful that it finally did. Like tonight, I've spent many long hours like a creature from another planet, immersed in this monumental project of writing my first book. Like a sculptor, I've been chiseling away bits and pieces of words..."

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

"Shotoku Taishi1 (574-622), or Prince Shotoku, was an imperial regent traditionally regarded as a cultural hero of Japan and the father of Japanese Buddhism. A member and representative of the Soga clan, the powerful Japanese court family that rose to prominence with the accession of the Emperor..."

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Chapter 1

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pp. 9-30

"Revered as the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, Shinran is one of the most interesting and controversial figures in medieval Japan because his version of Buddhism appears to represent a qualitative departure from the traditional teachings of Buddhism. Buddhist teaching in general does not aspire to a..."

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Chapter 2

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pp. 31-50

"According to historical Japanese works, Shotoku Taishi, the second son of Emperor Yomei (585-587),1 was appointed prince regent at the age of nineteen and given administrative control over the government during the reign (592-628) of his aunt, Empress Suiko.2 During his regency (593-622), Prince..."

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Chapter 3

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pp. 51-70

"During a time when Japan was engaged in civil wars and political strife, Shotoku played a pivotal role in formulating a national identity and providing stability for the Japanese nation. The Nara period (709-795) witnessed the active promotion of state Buddhism by imperial and political authorities. After..."

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Chapter 4

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pp. 71-106

"During the medieval period, Prince Shotoku was portrayed and venerated as a Buddhist saint. Kamakura Buddhists believed that Shotoku was the first Japanese to fully experience the essence of Buddhism in Japan, so they tended to associate him with the glories of earlier Indian and Chinese Buddhism. Many..."

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Chapter 5

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pp. 107-130

"The transition from the Heian to the Kamakura period was a volatile time for Japan, both in the secular and religious realms. During his lifetime, Shinran witnessed the downfall of the glorious Heian period and the rise of the turbulent Kamakura period. This era included one of the bloodiest civil wars in..."

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Conclusion

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pp. 131-140

"The objective of this study is to demonstrate the importance of Shotoku worship in Shinran's Buddhism. From his 190 wasans that were dedicated specifically to Shotoku Taishi, there is no question that Shinran profoundly worshiped Shotoku as a manifestation of the bodhisattva Kannon, who..."

Appendix A

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pp. 141-146

Appendix B

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pp. 147-158

Notes

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pp. 159-200

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 201-220

Index

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pp. 221-233