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Hokkeji and the Reemergence of Female Monastic Orders in Premodern Japan
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Hokkeji and the Reemergence of Female Monastic Orders in Premodern Japan

Lori R. Meeks

Abstract

Hokkeji, an ancient Nara temple that once stood at the apex of a state convent network established by Queen-Consort Komyo (701–760), possesses a history that in some ways is bigger than itself. Its development is emblematic of larger patterns in the history of female monasticism in Japan. This book explores the revival of Japan's most famous convent. With the help of the Ritsu (Vinaya)-revivalist priest Eison (1201–1290), privately professed women who had taken up residence at Hokkeji succeeded in reestablishing a nuns' ordination lineage in Japan. The book considers a broad range of issues su ... More

Keywords: Hokkeji, female monasticism, Japan, Hokkeji nuns, Buddhism, female deity, Queen-Consort Komyo, Japanese women, premodern Japan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833947
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833947.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lori R. Meeks, author
University of Southern California