Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Muan Xingtao: An Obaku Zen master of the seventeenth century in China and Japan
by Glaze, Shyling, M.A., The University of Arizona, 2011, 121; 1503500
Abstract (Summary)

Muan Xingtao was a prominent Chan master of the seventeenth century. This study attempts to examine his religious and cultural legacy and his numerous accomplishments. Among his many achievements were his successful consolidation of the Obaku headquarters of Manpukuji in Japan and cultivation of many Japanese dharma heirs which greatly expanded the Obakus territories. He was praised for his artistic abilities in painting and calligraphy which led to the Japanese designating him as one of the Obaku sanpitsu. He earned the highest religious honors of the purple robe and obtained the patronage from the shogun and Japanese elite. He characteristically manifested the virtues of filial piety and loyalty and transmitted the Ming style of Buddhist teachings, which placed more emphasis on the lay believers, nenbutsu and monastic discipline to Japan. His life represented the religious influence achieved through the interconnection between nations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wu, Jiang
Commitee: Lee, Brigitta, Pinnington, Noel
School: The University of Arizona
Department: East Asian Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Religion, Asian Studies
Keywords: Mokuan, Muan xingtao, Obaku zen, Seventeenth century
Publication Number: 1503500
ISBN: 978-1-267-09134-5
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