Buddhist philosophy, Japanese

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G101-1
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References and further reading

  • Cook, F. (1989) Sounds of Valley Streams, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

    (An introduction to enlightenment in Dōgen’s Zen, with a translation of nine essays from the Shōbōgenzō.)

  • Dobbins. J. (1989) Jōdo Shinshū: Shin Buddhism in Medieval Japan, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

    (A systematic treatment of the doctrines and major figures, such as Hōnen and Shinran, of the Pure Land school.)

  • Groner, P. (1984) Saichō: The Establishment of the Japanese Tendai School, Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Buddhist Studies Series.

    (A systematic study of the founder and teachings of the Tendai school, including the doctrine of attaining Buddhahood in this very existence.)

  • Hubbard, J. and Swanson, P. (1997) Pruning the Bodhi Tree: The Storm Over Critical Buddhism, Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press.

    (Translations of articles by two major critics of the legacy of inherent enlightenment, N. Hakayama and S. Matsumoto, with responses from differing perspectives.)

  • Hakeda, Y. (1972) Kūkai: Major Works, New York: Columbia University Press.

    (An introduction to and translations of the seminal writings of Kūkai, the founder of the Shingon or ‘Truth–word’ school of esoteric Buddhism.)

  • Kitagawa, J. (1987) On Understanding Japanese Religion, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (A collection of essays by a historian of religions that treats both specific topics and the general character of Japanese Buddhism in a manner accessible to the general reader.)

  • Kiyota, M. (1987) Japanese Buddhism: Its Tradition, New Religions and Interaction with Christianity, Los Angeles, CA and Tokyo: Buddhist Books International.

    (Essays in the first section elaborate the doctrines of the universal and the particular, and of rebirth and transmigration.)

  • LaFleur, W. (1983) The Karma of Words: Buddhism and the Literary Arts in Medieval Japan, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

    (Presents the Buddhist philosophical background to Japanese literary works, often in contrast to Western, especially Platonic thinking.)

  • Matsunaga, A. (1969) The Buddhist Philosophy of Assimilation, Tokyo: Sophia University and Charles Tuttle Co.

    (Presents the honji suijaku theory.)

  • Matsunaga, D. and Matsunaga, A. (1974) Foundations of Japanese Buddhism, Los Angeles, CA and Tokyo: Buddhist Books International, 2 vols.

    (A detailed historical survey from the beginnings through the Muromachi Period, 1338–1573.)

  • Nakamura, H. (1964) Ways of Thinking of Eastern Peoples, Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press.

    (Expounds the acceptance of the phenomenal world as absolute, the social matrix of values and the emphasis of symbolic expression over logical thinking.)

  • Suzuki, D.T. (1964) An Introduction to Zen Buddhism, New York: Grove Press.

    (Essays by the most influential advocate of the distinctiveness of Zen Buddhism.)

  • Tamura Yoshirō (1987) ‘Japanese Culture and the Tendai Concept of Original Enlightenment’, Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 14: 203–210.

    (A brief argument for the positive cultural significance of the hongaku idea of inherent enlightenment.)

  • Unno, T. (1984) Tannisho: A Shin Buddhist Classic, Honolulu, HI: Buddhist Study Center Press.

    (A translation of Shinran’s most influential writing, ‘Lamenting the Deviations [from the true teaching]’, and an essay on the central doctrines of the True Pure Land school.)

  • Watanabe, S. (1970) Japanese Buddhism: A Critical Appraisal, Tokyo: Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai.

    (A realistic and detailed but non-technical treatment of the characteristics of Japanese Buddhism.)

Citing this article:
Maraldo, John C.. Bibliography. Buddhist philosophy, Japanese, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G101-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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