Japanese Buddhist Nuns and Performance: Tradition, Change, and Salvation

Japanese Buddhist Nuns and Performance: Tradition, Change, and Salvation

CJRC Gender and Ideology in Japanese Religions Life Project
  • Date:
    Friday, November 30, 2012
  • Time:
    2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Campus:
    University Park Campus
  • Venue:
    Doheny Memorial Library (DML)
  • Room:
    East Asian Seminar Room (110C)
  • Cost:
    Free
  • Phone:
    (213) 821-4365
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Summary:

This one-day workshop will use two case studies to consider some of the hermeneutical strategies employed by Buddhist nuns in teaching and ritual.


Description:

How have Japanese women interpreted and transmitted the teachings of Buddhism, a tradition whose orthodox texts privilege male practitioners? This one-day workshop will use two case studies to consider some of the hermeneutical strategies employed by Buddhist nuns in teaching and ritual. Hank Glassman's paper, "The Creation of a Children's Limbo in Late Medieval Kyoto: sai no kawara, the five-element pagoda, and  the collective dead," will examine the teaching methods of traveling female teachers known as Kumano bikuni. Barbara Ambros's paper, "Gender Bending and Gender Affirmation: A Performance of the Anan Kōshiki at a Contemporary Sōtō Zen Convent," will focus on interpretative strategies at work in contemporary Sōtō nuns' commemorations of Ānanda, the disciple of the Buddha said to have convinced the Buddha to allow women into his order.
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