Cleaning Cloths, Poetry, and Personal Buddhas: Laywomen’s Healing Practices in Contemporary Japan

Domestic Dharma: Beyond Texts, Beyond Monasteries, Numata Symposium 2012 Keynote Address by Prof. Paula Arai. Creativity, flexibility, and accessibility are qualities characteristic of the Buddhist practices that women in contemporary Japan engage in as they weave healing activities into their

Nuns at Home, Nuns as Homebuilders: Rethinking Ordination and Family in Medieval Japan

Domestic Dharma: Beyond Texts, Beyond Monasteries, Numata Symposium 2012 Keynote Address by Prof. Lisa Grumbach. An exploration of the roles of ordained women within the social and familial structures of medieval Japan. Focusing on the reasons women became nuns, their

Making Sense of the Blood Bowl Sutra: Gender, Pollution, and Salvation in Buddhist Sermons from Early Modern Japan

Sometime during the late fourteenth or early fifteenth century, several variants of an indigenous Chinese sutra known as the Xuepenjing 血盆経 (“Blood Bowl Sutra,” Jpns. Ketsubonkyō), were transmitted to Japan. Emphasizing the impurity of women’s reproductive blood, this short scripture teaches that women are

The History of the Shin Buddhist Tradition (part five of six)

The History of the Shin Buddhist Tradition (part five of six) by Professor Atsushi Hirata, Department of History, Ryūkoku University, Kyoto, Japan. In Japanese with live English translation. This is a six part series covering the 2011 Ryūkoku Lecture Series

The History of the Shin Buddhist Tradition (part four of six)

The History of the Shin Buddhist Tradition (part four of six) by Professor Atsushi Hirata, Department of History, Ryūkoku University, Kyoto, Japan. In Japanese with live English translation. This is a six part series covering the 2011 Ryūkoku Lecture Series

The History of the Shin Buddhist Tradition (part three of six)

The History of the Shin Buddhist Tradition (part three of six) by Professor Atsushi Hirata, Department of History, Ryūkoku University, Kyoto, Japan. In Japanese with live English translation. This is a six part series covering the 2011 Ryūkoku Lecture Series

The History of the Shin Buddhist Tradition (part two of six)

The History of the Shin Buddhist Tradition (part two of six) by Professor Atsushi Hirata, Department of History, Ryūkoku University, Kyoto, Japan. In Japanese with live English translation. This is a six part series covering the 2011 Ryūkoku Lecture Series

The History of the Shin Buddhist Tradition (part one of six)

The History of the Shin Buddhist Tradition (part one of six) by Professor Atsushi Hirata, Department of History, Ryūkoku University, Kyoto, Japan. In Japanese with live English translation. This is a six part series covering the 2011 Ryūkoku Lecture Series