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.
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 KÃ Âshiki at a Contemporary SÃ ÂtÃ Â Zen Convent," will focus on interpretative strategies at work in contemporary SÃ ÂtÃ Â nuns' commemorations of ÃÂnanda, the disciple of the Buddha said to have convinced the Buddha to allow women into his order.