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Living Buddhas : the self-mummified monks of Yamagata, Japan

Author: Ken Jeremiah
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., Inc., ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Northern Japan is home to the tradition of self-mummifying Buddhist monks. Long after death, these ascetics continue to be revered as living Buddhas. The biographies of various monks are presented within this history of self-mummification, as is an examination of the religious beliefs involved, an amalgamation of three distinct religious traditions"--Provided by publisher.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ken Jeremiah
ISBN: 9780786448807 0786448806
OCLC Number: 475664457
Description: vi, 236 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part One. Mummification and immortality --
Natural mummification --
Artificial mummification --
Incorruptibility --
The great transformation --
Part Two. Self-mummified monks --
Symbols of contradiction --
Honmyōkai Shōnin: The samurai who mummified himself --
Shinnyōkai Shōnin: The farmer who killed a samurai --
Tetsumonkai Shōnin: The priest who loved a prostitute --
Myōkai Shōnin: The boy who lost his eyesight --
Kōmyōkai Shōnin: The unknown self-mummified monk --
Chūkai Shōnin and Enmyōkai Shōnin: Two monks who reside at the same temple --
Tetsuryūkai Shōnin: The monk who cut out his own eye --
Remnants of a forgotten age --
Part Three. Religious beliefs and secret teachings --
Buddhist origins --
Apocryphal texts and holy wizards --
Chinese immortality and the death of Buddhism in India --
Kōbō Daishi and Shingon Buddhism --
Magicians in the mountains: En no Gyōja and Shugendō faith --
Part Four. Asceticism and the pursuit of death --
Asceticism in world religions --
Japanese ascetic practices --
Periods of seclusion and cave mediation --
Meditation under waterfalls and cold water ablutions --
Abstention from cereals --
Self-immolation --
Self-mummification --
Part Five. Death and immortality --
The nature of life and death.
Responsibility: Ken Jeremiah.

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This first English-language work about an ancient, esoteric tradition of self-mummifying Buddhist monks in Northern Japan. The biographies of various monks are presented within this history of  Read more...

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