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.
|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|
|Subjects:||Religion, Asian Studies|
|Keywords:||Mokuan, Muan xingtao, Obaku zen, Seventeenth century|
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