Japanese Buddhist Nuns and Performance: Tradition, Change, and Salvation
CJRC Gender and Ideology in Japanese Religions Life Project
This one-day workshop will use two case studies to consider some of the hermeneutical strategies employed by Buddhist nuns in teaching and ritual.
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 KÃ
Âshiki at a Contemporary SÃ
Â Zen Convent," will focus on interpretative strategies at work in contemporary SÃ
Â nuns' commemorations of ÃÂnanda, the disciple of the Buddha said to have convinced the Buddha to allow women into his order.