Letters of the Nun Eshinni: Images of Pure Land Buddhism in Medieval Japan

University of Hawai'i Press, 2004 - 259 ページ
Eshinni (1182-1268?), a Buddhist nun and the wife of Shinran (1173-1262), the celebrated founder of the True Pure Land, or Shin, school of Buddhism, was largely unknown until the discovery of a collection of her letters in 1921. In this study, James C. Dobbins, a leading scholar of Pure Land Buddhism, has made creative use of these letters to shed new light on life and religion in medieval Japan. He provides a complete translation of the letters and an explication of them that reveals the character and flavor of early Shin Buddhism. Readers will come away with a new perspective on Pure Land scholarship and a vivid image of Eshinni and the world in which she lived. After situating the ideas and practices in the context of the actual living conditions of 13th-century Japan, Dobbins examines the portrayal of women in Pure Land Buddhism, the great range of lifestyles found among medieval women and nuns, and how they constructed a meaningful religious life amid negative stereotypes.


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This book has 3 sections: 1.) Author's notes on the letters' history and background that is useful for understanding the context and content of the letters 2.) The letters themselves and 3.) scholarly ... レビュー全文を読む


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著者について (2004)

James C. Dobbins is professor of religion and East Asian studies at Oberlin College.