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The Meaning of Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage

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1. Title Title of document The Meaning of Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage - Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Michael Pye; Marburg University, (Emeritus) and Otani University; Japan
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Buddhism
4. Subject Keyword(s) Buddhist pilgrimage in India and China; Four stages of the Shikoku pilgrimage; Buddhist recitations; sūtras; wasan; go-eika; Kannon Sūtra; Heart Sūtra
5. Subject Subject classification Buddhist life & practice (HREP); Buddhist Worship, rites & ceremonies (HRLF); Japan (1FPJ)
6. Description Abstract This chapter looks at the multiple meanings inherent in the practice of Japanese Buddhist pilgrimage. It also looks at meanings in Buddhist pilgrimage in India and China. The pilgrims’ clothing and equipment, the guidebooks, various objects at the temples themselves, and the devotional booklets used for chanting provide a steady stream of meaningful associations. The guidebooks themselves often offer advice on the correct attitude the pilgrim should adopt. The chapter considers the idea that the Shikoku pilgrimage can be divided into four stages of religious development. It goes on to examine the recitation or chanting of texts which has been a regular aspect of Buddhist pilgrimage practice as far back as can be traced. Chanted texts include the sūtras, hymns of praise (wasan) and the temple songs (go-eika). The specific sūtras, the Kannon Sūtra and then at the Heart Sūtra, both of which are of central importance in the pilgrim tradition are discussed at length.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Feb-2015
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.24526
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Japan
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd