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Women Living Zen: Japanese Soto Buddhist Nuns (Paula Kane Robinson Ari) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 1999) 9780195123937
Women Living Zen: Japanese Soto Buddhist Nuns (Paula Kane Robinson Ari) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 1999) 9780195123937
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Title: Women Living Zen: Japanese Soto Buddhist Nuns

Author: Ari, Paula Kane Robinson

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1999

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780195123937

Volumes: 1; Pages: 272

List Price in Cloth: $83.00 Our price: $76.99

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In this study, based on both historical evidence and ethnographic data, Paula Arai shows that nuns were central agents in the foundation of Buddhism in Japan in the sixth century. They were active participants in the Soto Zen sect, and have continued to contribute to the advancement of the sect to the present day. Drawing on her fieldwork among the Soto nuns, Arai demonstrates that the lives of many of these women embody classical Buddhist ideals. They have chosen to lead a strictly disciplined monastic life over against successful careers and the unconstrained contemporary secular lifestyle. In this, and other respects, they can be shown to stand in stark contrast to their male counterparts.Table of ContentsPrologue1. Introduction2. Historical Background3. Twentieth-Century Leadership4. The Monastic Practices of Zen Nuns5. Motivations, Commitments, and Self-Perceptions6. Conclusion: Innovators for the Sake of TraditionEndnotesAppendix A. QuestionnaireAppendix B. Glossary of Japanese Terms
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