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Kukai : Major Works - Kukai

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Published: 14th May 1984
For Ages: 22+ years old
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Kukai, more commonly known by the honorific Kobo Daishi, was one of the great characters in the development of Janpanese culture. He was active in literature, engineering, calligraphy, and architecture and is represented in this work in terms of his major effort--the introduction of esoteric Buddhism from China, which resulted in the formation of the Shingou sect still active in Japan. Eight of his works are presented here.

Kukai was a polymath who has achieved the status of demigod in popular legend: in part because of his virtuosity as a writer of Chinese, his books are too difficult to read by any but a very few scholars in Japan today. Hakeda's achievement in arriving at these lively and intelligible translations is of the highest order. Choice This book serves two functions remarkably well: being an easy to follow, lucidly written introductory work for the non-initiated, and providing for the expert for the first time in English eight of Kukai's major works. World Literature Today

Foreward, by Wm. Theodore de BaryPrefaceIntroductionPart One: Life of Kukai1. Youth2. Days of Crisis3. Reunification and Quest4. Encounter with Master Hui-Kuo5. Priod of Trial6. Rise to Eminence7. Abhiseka Ceremonies at the Takaosanji8. Founding of Mt. Koya9. The Toji Period10. Return to Mt. KoyaPart Two: Thought of Kukai1. Exoteric Buddhism and Esoteric BuddhismExoteric versus Esorteric BuddhismEsoteric Buddhism within Exoteric BuddhismShingon Buddhism, the Synthesis of Exoteric Buddhism2. Essentials of Kukai's Esoteric Buddhist Thought and PracticeGeneral Characteristics of Kukai's Esoteric Buddhist ThoughtDharmakaya Mahavairocana TathagataKukai's Esoteric Buddhist PracticePart Three: Major Works of Kukai1. Indications of the Goals of the Three Teachings2. A Memorial Presenting a List of Newly Imported Sutras and Other Items3. The Difference Between Exoteric and Esoteric Buddhism4. The Precious Key to the Secret Treasury5. Attaining Enlightenment in this Very Existence6. The Meanings of Sound, Word, and Reality7. The Meanings of the Word Hum8. The Secret Key to the Heart SutraChronological TableSelected BibliographyIndex

ISBN: 9780231059336
ISBN-10: 0231059337
Series: UNESCO Collection of Representative Works: Mexican
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 303
Published: 14th May 1984
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.48