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Jōkei and Buddhist Devotion in Early Medieval Japan
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Jōkei and Buddhist Devotion in Early Medieval Japan

James L. Ford


This is the first book-length study in any language of Jōkei (1155-1213), a prominent Buddhist cleric of the Hossō (Yogācāra) school, whose life bridged the momentous transition from Heian (794-1185) to Kamakura (1185-1333) Japan. “Kamakura Buddhism” has drawn notable scholarly attention, largely because it marks the emergence of new schools—Pure Land, Nichiren, and Zen—that came to dominate the Buddhist landscape of Japan. Although Jōkei is invariably cited as one of the leading representatives of established Buddhism during the Kamakura period, he has been seriously neglected by Western scho ... More

Keywords: Jōkei, Buddhism, nenbutsu movement, Buddhist cleric, Japan, Kamakura, precept-revival movement, reclusive monks, tonseiso, doctrinal reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195188141
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188141.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James L. Ford, author
Wake Forest University