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Transgression And Transmission:
A Tenth-Century Kanabun Discourse and its Esoteric Buddhist Templates

 
   
Lone Takeuchi  
   
   

Deutsche Ostasienstudien 33

OSTASIEN Verlag

Paperback (23,0 x 15,0 cm), xii + 249 pp., with two colour plates
2020. € 34,80
ISBN-13: 978-3-946114-56-7 (978-3946114567, 9783946114567) ISBN-10: 3-946114-56-3 (3946114563
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Is it a coincidence that kana writing and vernacular kana literature emerged within a generation after Japanese rulers first engaged with the Shingon tenet of sokushin jōbutsu (buddhahood in this very body)? Or was the momentum of the new esoteric Buddhist episteme, in fact, the immediate impetus for the creation around 900 of a distinctive kana narrativity? The present study examines the latter possibility in a series of integral analyses of texts dating from the tenth century.

 
   
 
About the author
 
   
Lone Takeuchi (b. 1946 in Copenhagen) is an independent scholar. She has published on tense and aspect in Classical Japanese texts as well as on the relationship between text and image in early Edo period zōshi.