Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Special exhibition on Emperor Gomizunoo 後水尾天皇 at Furuta Oribe Art Museum 古田織部美術館

In June 2017, I visited a special exhibition on the influence of Furuta Oribe 古田織部 on Emperor Gomizunoo 後水尾天皇 and his wife at Furuta Oribe Art Museum 古田織部美術館. It is entitled "Oribe's Lingering Influence: Emperor Gomizunoo and Empress Tofukumonin" 織部の遺響~後水尾天皇と東福門院和子. The emperor married Tokugawa Hidetada's daughter Tokugawa Masako 徳川和子, also known as the Tōfuku mon-in 東福門院. The emperor was listed as Yinyuan's dharma heir through Yinyuan's Japanese disciple Ryukei Shosen 龍溪性潛 (1602-1670). I have discussions in my book Leaving for the Rising Sun. I also bought a ceramic tea cup made by Sasaki Jiro 佐々木二郎 from the museum.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Kongoji in Koyasan 天野山金剛寺

Photo by Jiang Wu
Photo by Jiang Wu

During our study tour in June 2017, we visited the Shingon temple Amanosan Kongoji 天野山金剛寺 to survey the location where a manuscript canon used to be stored. The temple has a long history and was founded by Emperor Shomu 聖武. It was said Kukai 空海 was trained here as well. The courtyard has a beautiful garden. About four thousand scrolls of manuscript texts are preserved and among them are rare copies. For a short review by OCHIAI Toshinori 落合俊典, see 日本の古寫經と中國佛教文獻 ― 天野山金剛寺藏平安後期寫 『優婆塞五戒經 の成立と流傳を巡って.

Amanosan kongoji zenpon sokan
Author: 後藤昭雄監修. 後藤, 昭雄, 後藤, 昭雄, 仁木, 夏実 中川, 真弓 ; ; Akio Goto; Natsumi Niki; Mayumi Nakagawa
Publisher: 勉誠出版, Benseishuppan.

Photo by Jiang Wu

Photo by Jiang Wu

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Jissō-in 実相院 and Emperor Gomizunoo 後水尾天皇

During our Kyoto tour in June 2017, we visited Jissō-in 実相院 in the Iwakura district. This is a small but beautiful temple with deep connection to the imperial household in early Edo period, especially with Emperor Gomizunoo 後水尾天皇 (Master Yinyuan's disciple and dharma heir) and his wife Tōfuku-mon'in 東福門院, formerly Tokugawa Masako (徳川和子, 1607–1678). I brought a replica of the Emperor's calligraphy. It was close to Iwakura Tomomi's old residence.

Here is a book on this place.
京都実相院門跡 /
Kyōto Jissōin Monzeki
Author: 編集宇野日出生. 宇野日出生, ; ; Hideo Uno; Jissōin (Kyoto, Japan); Kyōto-fu Kyōto Bunka Hakubutsukan,
Publisher: 思文閣出版, Kyōto-shi : Shibunkaku Shuppan, 2016.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

2017 China-Canada-US Buddhist Forum at Cham Shan Temple in Toronto

I am glad to attend the China-Canada-Buddhist Forum organized by Cham Shan Temple 湛山精舍 in Toronto from June 15-22 2017.
I presented my research on Yinyuan and the Nagasaki overseas Chinese community 日本黄檗宗開山祖師中國禅僧隐元隆琦東渡之謎再探:以長崎的禪宗與海外華人社區為中心.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Miidera 三井寺 and the Revolving Canon 輪藏

We are glad to visit the Tendai monastery Miidera 三井寺 or Onjoji園城寺, which is one of the most famous temples in Japan. It was burnt down and rebuilt several times and the current structure was built in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century.  What attracted me is the device of the Revolving Canon 輪藏 which was moved here in 1602. It is supposed to hold the entire Goryeo Canon or Tripitaka Koreana but can not revolve. The device was invented by Fudashi 傅大士 in China in the sixth century. The altar for him and his two sons has disappeared. I have a discussion about this device in my paper collected in Spreading Buddha's Word in East Asian: The Formation and Transformation of the Chinese Buddhist Canon.
Here is the full reference:
From the "Cult of the Book" to the "Cult of the Canon": A Neglected Tradition in Chinese Buddhism, by Jiang Wu
In Wu, Jiang and Lucille Chia. 2015. Spreading buddha's word in east asia: The formation and transformation of the chinese buddhist canon. New York: Columbia University Press.
Photo by Jiang Wu

Photo by Jiang Wu

Photo by Jiang Wu