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The Resource Right thoughts at the last moment : Buddhism and deathbed practices in early medieval Japan, Jacqueline I. Stone

Right thoughts at the last moment : Buddhism and deathbed practices in early medieval Japan, Jacqueline I. Stone

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Right thoughts at the last moment : Buddhism and deathbed practices in early medieval Japan
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Right thoughts at the last moment
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Buddhism and deathbed practices in early medieval Japan
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Jacqueline I. Stone
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eng
Summary
Buddhists across Asia have often aspired to die with a clear and focused mind, as the historical Buddha himself is said to have done. This book explores how the ideal of dying with right mindfulness was appropriated, disseminated, and transformed in premodern Japan, focusing on the late tenth through early fourteenth centuries. By concentrating one's thoughts on the Buddha in one's last moments, it was said even an ignorant and sinful person could escape the cycle of deluded rebirth and achieve birth in a buddha's pure land, where liberation would be assured. Conversely, the slightest mental distraction at that final juncture could send even a devout practitioner tumbling down into the hells or other miserable rebirth realms. The ideal of mindful death thus generated both hope and anxiety and created a demand for ritual specialists who could act as religious guides at the deathbed. Buddhist death management in Japan has been studied chiefly from the standpoint of funerals and mortuary rites. Right Thoughts at the Last Moment investigates a largely untold side of that story: how early medieval Japanese prepared for death, and how desire for ritual assistance in one's last hours contributed to Buddhist preeminence in death-related matters. It represents the first book-length study in a Western language to examine how the Buddhist ideal of mindful death was appropriated in a specific historical context. Practice for one's last hours occupied the intersections of multiple, often disparate approaches that Buddhism offered for coping with death. Because they crossed sectarian lines and eventually permeated all social levels, deathbed practices afford insights into broader issues in medieval Japanese religion, including intellectual developments, devotional practices, pollution concerns, ritual performance, and divisions of labor among religious professionals. They also allow us to see beyond the categories of "old" versus "new" Buddhism, or establishment Buddhism versus marginal heterodoxies, which have characterized much scholarship to date. Enlivened by cogent examples, this study draws on a wealth of sources including ritual instructions, hagiographies, doctrinal writings, didactic tales, courtier diaries, historical records, letters, and relevant art historical material to explore the interplay of doctrinal ideals and on-the-ground practice
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Stone, Jacqueline Ilyse
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index present
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Studies in East Asian Buddhism
Series volume
26
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  • Death
  • Buddhism
  • RELIGION
  • Buddhism
  • Death
  • Japan
  • Tod
  • Sterbebett
  • Brauchtum
  • Buddhismus
  • Japan
  • HISTORY / Asia / Japan
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Right thoughts at the last moment : Buddhism and deathbed practices in early medieval Japan, Jacqueline I. Stone
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"A Kuroda Institute book."
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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multicolored
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text
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Contents
The beginnings of deathbed practice in Japan -- A realm apart -- Exemplary death -- Interpreting the signs -- Anxieties -- Deathbed attendants -- The longue duree of deathbed rites
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ocn964549965
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online
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9780824872984
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rdamedia
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22573/ctt225w930
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(OCoLC)964549965
Label
Right thoughts at the last moment : Buddhism and deathbed practices in early medieval Japan, Jacqueline I. Stone
Publication
Note
"A Kuroda Institute book."
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The beginnings of deathbed practice in Japan -- A realm apart -- Exemplary death -- Interpreting the signs -- Anxieties -- Deathbed attendants -- The longue duree of deathbed rites
Control code
ocn964549965
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824872984
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt225w930
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)964549965

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