WorldCat Identities

Abe, Ryūichi 1954-

Works: 5 works in 19 publications in 2 languages and 1,097 library holdings
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PL797.6.Z5, 895.6134
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ryūichi Abe
Great Fool Zen master Ryōkan : poems, letters, and other writings by Ryōkan( )
10 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Taigu Ryokan (1758-1831) remains one of the most popular figures in Japanese Buddhist history. Despite his religious and artistic sophistication (he excelled in scriptural studies, in calligraphy, and in poetry), Ryokan referred to himself as "Great Fool," refusing to place himself within any established religious institution. In contrast to Zen masters of his time who presided over large monasteries, trained students, or produced recondite treatises, Ryokan followed a life of mendicancy in the countryside. Instead of delivering sermons, he expressed himself through kanshi (poems composed in classical Chinese) and waka (poems in Japanese syllabary) and could typically be found playing with the village children in the course of his daily rounds of begging
The weaving of mantra : Kūkai and the construction of esoteric Buddhist discourse by Ryūichi Abe( Book )
4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Buddhist priest Kukai (774-835) is credited with the introduction and formal establishment of tantric - or esoteric - Buddhism in early ninth-century Japan and the founding of the Shingon school. In The Weaving of Mantra, author Ryuichi Abe examines this important religious figure and his profound influence on Japanese culture. Abe contends that the importance of Kukai's establishment of esoteric Buddhism lay not in the foundation of the Shingon sect but in his creation of a general theory of language grounded in the ritual speech of mantra." "The Weaving of Mantra embeds Kukai within the fabric of political and social life in ninth-century Japan and explains how esoteric Buddhism played a critical role in many societal changes in Japan - from the growth of monasteries into major feudal powers to the formation of the native phonetic alphabet, kana. As Abe illustrates, Kukai's writings and the new type of discourse they spawned also marked Japan's transition from the ancient order to the medieval world, replacing Confucianism as the ideology of the state."--Jacket
Kūkai mikkyō ( Book )
2 editions published in 1996 in Japanese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Great fool : poems, letters and other writings by Ryōkan( Book )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Great fool : zen master Ryôkan : by Ryōkan( Book )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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Alternative Names
Abe, Ryuichi 1954-
アベ, リュウイチ 1954-
阿部, 龍一 1954-...
阿部龍一 1954-
English (17)
Japanese (2)