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The Halo of Golden Light: Imperial Authority and Buddhist Ritual in Heian Japan

Asuka Sango

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839864
eISBN:
9780824868628
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839864.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The Halo of Golden Light examines the complex ways in which the emperor and other elite ruling groups employed Buddhist rituals to legitimate their authority. Although considered a descendant of the ... More


The Emperor and the Golden Light Sūtra

Asuka Sango

in The Halo of Golden Light: Imperial Authority and Buddhist Ritual in Heian Japan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839864
eISBN:
9780824868628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839864.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter traces the origin and early development of the Misai-e Assembly in ancient Japan. Before the Heian period, emperors had begun to adopt the image of Buddhist kingship as depicted in the ... More


Buddhist Debate and the Religious Policy of the Heian State

Asuka Sango

in The Halo of Golden Light: Imperial Authority and Buddhist Ritual in Heian Japan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839864
eISBN:
9780824868628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839864.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

In the early Heian period, the state organized a series of state-sponsored debate rituals such as the Misa-e Assembly into a single route of promotion, termed here the “clerical training program.” On ... More


Clerical Promotion: Domination, Resistance, and Alternatives

Asuka Sango

in The Halo of Golden Light: Imperial Authority and Buddhist Ritual in Heian Japan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839864
eISBN:
9780824868628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839864.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The clerical training program was turned into fiercely competitive struggles for power and influence through the rivalry between the Hosso and Tendai schools and the two Tendai factions. Hosso monks ... More


Buddhist Rituals and the Reconstitution of the Ritsuryō Polity

Asuka Sango

in The Halo of Golden Light: Imperial Authority and Buddhist Ritual in Heian Japan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839864
eISBN:
9780824868628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839864.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The emperor-centric ideology, together with the Misai-e Assembly, was transformed around the tenth century by the development of the new status system of shoden. The shoden system radically ... More


When Rites Go Wrong: Ritual and Political Conflict

Asuka Sango

in The Halo of Golden Light: Imperial Authority and Buddhist Ritual in Heian Japan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839864
eISBN:
9780824868628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839864.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

During the late Heian period (late eleventh and twelfth centuries), the retired emperor held the New Year’s Assembly (Shusho-e) concurrently with the emperor’s Misai-e Assembly. This was but one of ... More


Ritual Imitation and the Retired Emperor: Reinventing Imperial Religious Authority

Asuka Sango

in The Halo of Golden Light: Imperial Authority and Buddhist Ritual in Heian Japan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839864
eISBN:
9780824868628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839864.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The retired emperor often held Buddhist rituals in imitation of the emperor’s Misai-e Assembly by requesting the emperor’s permission to adopt procedures that were otherwise limited to the assembly. ... More


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