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The Resource Bringing Zen home : the healing heart of Japanese women's rituals, Paula Arai

Bringing Zen home : the healing heart of Japanese women's rituals, Paula Arai

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Bringing Zen home : the healing heart of Japanese women's rituals
Title
Bringing Zen home
Title remainder
the healing heart of Japanese women's rituals
Statement of responsibility
Paula Arai
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Healing lies at the heart of Zen in the home, as Paula Arai discovered in her pioneering research on the ritual lives of Zen Buddhist laywomen. She reveals a vital stream of religious practice that flourishes outside the bounds of formal institutions through sacred rites that women develop and transmit to one another. Everyday objects and common materials are used in inventive ways. For example, polishing cloths, vivified by prayer and mantra recitation, become potent tools. The creation of beauty through the arts of tea ceremony, calligraphy, poetry, and flower arrangement become rites of healing. Bringing Zen Home brings a fresh perspective to Zen scholarship by uncovering a previously unrecognized but nonetheless vibrant strand of lay practice. The creativity of domestic Zen is evident in the ritual activities that women fashion, weaving tradition and innovation, to gain a sense of wholeness and balance in the midst of illness, loss, and anguish. Their rituals include chanting, ingesting elixirs and consecrated substances, and contemplative approaches that elevate cleaning, cooking, child-rearing, and caring for the sick and dying into spiritual disciplines. Creating beauty is central to domestic Zen and figures prominently in Arai's analyses. She also discovers a novel application of the concept of Buddha nature as the women honor deceased loved ones as "personal Buddhas."One of the hallmarks of the study is its longitudinal nature, spanning fourteen years of fieldwork. Arai developed a "second-person," or relational, approach to ethnographic research prompted by recent trends in psychobiology. This allowed her to cultivate relationships of trust and mutual vulnerability over many years to inquire into not only the practices but also their ongoing and changing roles. The women in her study entrusted her with their life stories, personal reflections, and religious insights, yielding an ethnography rich in descriptive and narrative detail as well as nuanced explorations of the experiential dimensions and effects of rituals. In Bringing Zen Home, the first study of the ritual lives of Zen laywomen, Arai applies a cutting-edge ethnographic method to reveal a thriving domain of religious practice. Her work represents an important contribution on a number of fronts--to Zen studies, ritual studies, scholarship on women and religion, and the cross-cultural study of healing
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digitized
Cataloging source
CN8ML
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Arai, Paula Kane Robinson
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Zen funeral rites and ceremonies
  • Healing
  • Buddhist women
  • Zen Buddhism
  • RELIGION
  • RELIGION
  • Buddhist women
  • Healing
  • Zen Buddhism
  • Zen funeral rites and ceremonies
  • Japan
  • Religion and Medicine
  • Buddhism
  • Women
  • Spiritual Therapies
  • Ceremonial Behavior
  • Japan
Label
Bringing Zen home : the healing heart of Japanese women's rituals, Paula Arai
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mapping the terrain -- The way of healing -- Personal Buddhas : Living with loss anad grief -- Domestic Zen : living esosteric wisdom -- The healing power of beauty -- Revealing the healing realm of Zen
Control code
ocn794700714
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 261 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824860134
Lccn
2011017005
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
  • 10.21313/9780824860134
  • 40019923971
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)794700714
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Bringing Zen home : the healing heart of Japanese women's rituals, Paula Arai
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mapping the terrain -- The way of healing -- Personal Buddhas : Living with loss anad grief -- Domestic Zen : living esosteric wisdom -- The healing power of beauty -- Revealing the healing realm of Zen
Control code
ocn794700714
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 261 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824860134
Lccn
2011017005
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
  • 10.21313/9780824860134
  • 40019923971
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)794700714
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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