Zen Sanctuary of Purple Robes: Japan's Tokeiji Convent Since 1285

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A fascinating look at a Zen convent throughout its history.

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Zen Sanctuary of Purple Robes examines the affairs of Rinzai Zen s Tōkeiji Convent, founded in 1285 by nun Kakusan Shidō after the death of her husband, Hōjō Tokimune. It traces the convent s history through seven centuries, including the early nuns Zen practice; Abbess Yōdō s imperial lineage with nuns in purple robes; Hideyori s seven-year-old daughter later to become the convent s twentieth abbess, Tenshu spared by Tokugawa Ieyasu at the Battle for Osaka Castle; Tōkeiji as "divorce temple" during the mid-Edo period and a favorite topic of senryu satirical verse; the convent s gradual decline as a functioning nunnery but its continued survival during the early Meiji persecution of Buddhism; and its current prosperity. The work includes translations, charts, illustrations, bibliographies, and indices. Beyond such historical details, the authors emphasize the convent s "inclusivist" Rinzai Zen practice in tandem with the nearby Engakuji Temple. The rationale for this "inclusivism" is the continuing acceptance of the doctrine of "Skillful Means" (hōben) as expressed in the Lotus Sutra a notion repudiated or radically reinterpreted by most of the Kamakura reformers. In support of this contention, the authors include a complete translation of the Mirror for Women by Kakusan s contemporary, Mujū Ichien.

"This cultural history of the famous Tōkeiji Convent is rich in detail and generous in providing translations of the prose and poetry speaking to both its Rinzai Zen cult and its popular reputation as a sanctuary for women escaping from abusive marriages. This is engaged scholarship." Edwin Cranston, Harvard University

"This long-awaited tome on Tōkeiji through the ages is chock full of witty insights, poetic excerpts, irascible comments, and fascinating information. A delightful read." Paul L. Swanson, coeditor of Nanzan Guide to Japanese Religions

"This book provides a very interesting social history of a particular Buddhist temple in Japan by taking an interdisciplinary approach that integrates historical, literary, art historical, and related materials to open a window into a fascinating side of Japanese religion and society." Steven Heine, coeditor of Japan in Traditional and Postmodern Perspectives

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Sachiko Kaneko Morrell is retired from her position as East Asian Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis.

Robert E. Morrell is Professor Emeritus of Japanese Literature and Buddhism at Washington University in St. Louis and the author of Sand and Pebbles (Shasekishu): The Tales of Muju Ichien, A Voice for Pluralism in Kamakura Buddhism, also published by SUNY Press, and Early Kamakura Buddhism: A Minority Report.

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