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Miracles of Book and Body: Buddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan

Charlotte Eubanks

Abstract

This book explores the intersection of two key genres of sacred literature in medieval Japan: sutras, or sacred Buddhist texts; and setsuwa, or “explanatory tales,” used in sermons and collected in written compilations. For most of East Asia, Buddhist sutras were written in classical Chinese and inaccessible to many devotees. How, then, did such devotees access these texts? The book argues that the medieval genre of “explanatory tales” illuminates the link between human body (devotee) and sacred text (sutra). The author's approach to understanding Buddhist textuality focuses on the sensual asp ... More

Keywords: medieval Japan, sutras, sacred Buddhist texts, setsuwa, explanatory tales, classical Chinese, human body, preaching, reading, Mahāyāna

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520265615
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520265615.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charlotte Eubanks, author