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Faure, Bernard

Works: 123 works in 387 publications in 7 languages and 8,598 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Thesis advisor, Director, Publisher, Printer, Performer
Classifications: BQ9265.4, 294.3927
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Most widely held works by Bernard Faure
The red thread : Buddhist approaches to sexuality by Bernard Faure( )

24 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 1,453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is there a Buddhist discourse on sex? In this innovative study, Bernard Faure reveals Buddhism's paradoxical attitudes toward sexuality. His remarkably broad range covers the entire geography of this religion, and its long evolution from the time of its founder, Xvkyamuni, to the premodern age. The author's anthropological approach uncovers the inherent discrepancies between the normative teachings of Buddhism and what its followers practice. Framing his discussion on some of the most prominent Western thinkers of sexuality--Georges Bataille and Michel Foucault--Faure draws from different reser
The power of denial : Buddhism, purity, and gender by Bernard Faure( )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Innumerable studies have appeared in recent decades about practically every aspect of women's lives in Western societies. The few such works on Buddhism have been quite limited in scope. In The Power of Denial, Bernard Faure takes an important step toward redressing this situation by boldly asking: does Buddhism offer women liberation or limitation? Continuing the innovative exploration of sexuality in Buddhism he began in The Red Thread, here he moves from his earlier focus on male monastic sexuality to Buddhist conceptions of women and constructions of gender. Faure argues that Buddhism is neither as sexist nor as egalitarian as is usually thought. Above all, he asserts, the study of Buddhism through the gender lens leads us to question what we uncritically call Buddhism, in the singular. Faure challenges the conventional view that the history of women in Buddhism is a linear narrative of progress from oppression to liberation. Examining Buddhist discourse on gender in traditions such as that of Japan, he shows that patriarchy--indeed, misogyny--has long been central to Buddhism. But women were not always silent, passive victims. Faure points to the central role not only of nuns and mothers (and wives) of monks but of female mediums and courtesans, whose colorful relations with Buddhist monks he considers in particular. Ultimately, Faure concludes that while Buddhism is, in practice, relentlessly misogynist, as far as misogynist discourses go it is one of the most flexible and open to contradiction. And, he suggests, unyielding in-depth examination can help revitalize Buddhism's deeper, more ancient egalitarianism and thus subvert its existing gender hierarchy. This groundbreaking book offers a fresh, comprehensive understanding of what Buddhism has to say about gender, and of what this really says about Buddhism, singular or plural"--Book cover
Unmasking Buddhism by Bernard Faure( )

27 editions published between 1997 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Can we talk of Buddhism as a unified religion or are there many Buddhisms? Is Buddhism a religion of tolerance and pacifism as many people think? Is Buddhism a religion without god(s)? Or is it more of a philosophy than a religion? Renowned Buddhist scholar Bernard Faure answers these and other questions about the basic history, beliefs and nature of Buddhism in easy-to-understand language. It is an ideal introduction for anyone who has unanswered questions about one of the world's largest and most popular religions."--Jacket
The rhetoric of immediacy : a cultural critique of Chan/Zen Buddhism by Bernard Faure( Book )

21 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Through a highly sensitive exploration of key concepts and metaphors, Bernard Faure guides Western readers in appreciating some of the more elusive aspects of the Chinese tradition of Chan Buddhism and its outgrowth, Japanese Zen. He focuses on Chan's insistence on "immediacy"--Its denial of all traditional mediations, including scripture, ritual, good--and yet shows how these mediations have always been present in Chan. Given this apparent duplicity in its discourse, Faure reveals how Chan structures its practice and doctrine on such mental paradigms as mediacy/immediacy, sudden/gradual, and center/margins."--Publisher description
Chan Buddhism in ritual context by Bernard Faure( )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays in this volume attempt to place the Chan and Zen tradition in their ritual and cultural contexts, looking at various aspects heretofore largely (and unduly) ignored
Double exposure : cutting across Buddhist and Western discourses by Bernard Faure( Book )

21 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and French and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Double Exposure is somewhat of an oddity. Written by a specialist for nonspecialists, it is not a book of vulgarization. Although it aims at a better integration of Western and Buddhist thought, it is not an exercise in comparative philosophy or religion. It is neither a contribution to Buddhist scholarship in the narrow sense, nor a contribution to some vague Western "spirituality." Cutting across traditional disciplines and blurring established genres, it provides a leisurely but deeply insightful stroll through philosophical and literary texts, dreams, poetry, and paradoxes
Chinese magical medicine by Michel Strickmann( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Possibly the most profound and far-reaching effects of Buddhism on Chinese culture occurred at the level of practice in religious rituals designed to cure people of disease, demonic possession, and bad luck. A basic concern with healing characterizes the entire gamut of religious expression in East Asia. By concentrating on the medieval development of Chinese therapeutic ritual, the author discovers the origins of many surviving rituals across the social and doctrinal frontiers of Buddhism and Taoism, including transmission to persons outside the Buddhist or Taoist fold. The author describes and translates many classical Chinese liturgies, analyzes their structure, and seeks out nonliturgical sources to shed further light on the politics involved in specific performances. Unlike the few previous studies of related rituals, this book combines a scholar's understanding of structure and goals of these rites with a healthy suspicion of the practitioners' claims to uniqueness
Chan insights and oversights : an epistemological critique of the Chan tradition by Bernard Faure( Book )

12 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For many people attracted to Eastern religions (particularly Zen Buddhism), Asia seems the source of all wisdom. As Bernard Faure examines the study of Chan/Zen from the standpoint of postmodern human sciences and literary criticism, he challenges this inversion of traditional "Orientalist" discourse: whether the Other is caricatured or idealized, ethnocentric premises marginalize important parts of Chan thought. Questioning the assumptions of "Easterners" as well, including those of the charismatic D.T. Suzuki, Faure demonstrates how both West and East have come to overlook significant components of a complex and elusive tradition. Throughout the book Faure reveals surprising hidden agendas in the modern enterprise of Chan studies and in Chan itself. After describing how Jesuit missionaries brought Chan to the West, he shows how the prejudices they engendered were influenced by the sectarian constraints of Sino-Japanese discourse. He then assesses structural, hermeneutical, and performative ways of looking at Chan, analyzes the relationship of Chan and local religion, and discusses Chan concepts of temporality, language, writing, and the self. Read alone or with its companion volume, The Rhetoric of Immediacy, this work offers a critical introduction not only to Chinese and Japanese Buddhism but also to "theory" in the human sciences. --Publisher description
Visions of power : imagining medieval Japanese Buddhism by Bernard Faure( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Continuing his efforts to look at Chan/Zen with a full array of postmodernist critical techniques, Faure now probes the imaginaire, or mental universe, of the Buddhist Soto Zen master Keizan Jokin (1268-1325). Although Faure's new book may be read at one level as an intellectual biography, Keizan is portrayed here less as an original thinker than as a representative of his culture and an example of the paradoxes of the Soto school. The Chan/Zen doctrine that he avowed was allegedly reasonable and demythologizing, but he lived in a psychological world that was just as imbued with the marvelous as was that of his contemporary Dante Alighieri. Drawing on his own dreams to demonstrate that he possessed the magical authority that he felt to reside also in icons and relics, Keizan strove to use these "visions of power" to buttress his influence as a patriarch. To reveal the historical, institutional, ritual, and visionary elements in Keizan's life and thought and to compare these to Soto doctrine, Faure draws on largely neglected texts, particularly the Record of Tokoku (a chronicle that begins with Keizan's account of the origins of the first of the monasteries that he established) and the kirigami, or secret initiation documents
The will to orthodoxy : a critical genealogy of Northern Chan Buddhism by Bernard Faure( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Marking a complete break with previous scholarship in the field, this book rewrites the history of early Chan (Zen) Buddhism, focusing on the genealogy and doctrine of one of its dominant strains the so-called Northern school that flourished at the turn of the eighth century." "The book is in three parts. The first part treats the biography and thought of the "founder" of the Northern school, Shenxiu, the nature of his followers, and his affinities for Buddhistic scholasticism. The second part studies the way in which the Northern school, after Shenxiu, adapted to new circumstances: changes in imperial policies, the rise of rival schools, and changes in the nature of its followers. The third part focuses on the internecine struggles around the genealogy of Chan as reflected in the Lengqie shizi ji (Record of the masters and disciples of the Lankavatara [School]) by the monk Jingjue. A close reading of this work reveals that it foreshadowed many of the themes and issues that would later come to the forefront in Zen, and contributes, significantly to our reassessment of the teachings and practices of pre-classical Chan."--Jacket
Bouddhisme by Bernard Faure( Book )

32 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Une collection qui privilégie la compréhension d'un sujet à travers l'image; chaque ouvrage comporte un essai historique, une partie consacrée à des illustrations, et une autre axée sur les différentes facettes de la religion présentée
Chinese poetry and prophecy : the written oracle in East Asia by Michel Strickmann( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gods of medieval Japan by Bernard Faure( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written by one of the leading scholars of Japanese religion, this multivolume project promises to be a milestone in our understanding of the mythico-ritual system of esoteric Buddhism specifically the nature and roles of deities in the religious world of medieval Japan. Bernard Faure introduces readers to medieval Japanese religiosity and shows the centrality of the gods in religious discourse and ritual, presenting the gods (including buddhas and demons) as meaningful and powerful interlocutors and not merely as cyphers for social groups or projections of the human mind. Throughout Faure engages insights drawn from structuralism, post-structuralism, and Actor-network theory to retrieve the "implicit pantheon" (as opposed to the "explicit orthodox pantheon") of esoteric Japanese Buddhism (Mikkyō). Through a number of case studies, Faure describes and analyzes the impressive mythological and ritual efflorescence that marked the medieval period, not only in the religious domain, but also in the political, artistic, and literary spheres. He displays vast knowledge of his subject and presents his research much of it in largely unstudied material with theoretical sophistication. His arguments and analyses assume the centrality of the iconographic record, and he has brought together a rich and rare collection of images. This emphasis on iconography and the ways in which it complements, supplements, or deconstructs textual orthodoxy is critical to a fuller comprehension of a set of medieval Japanese beliefs and practices. It also offers a corrective to the traditional division of the field into religious studies, which typically ignores the images, and art history, which oftentimes overlooks their ritual and religious meaning.--Publisher
La mort dans les religions d'Asie : un exposé pour comprendre, un essai pour réfléchir by Bernard Faure( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in French and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'étude porte spécialement sur la doctrine du bouddhisme, puis sur celles de l'hindouisme, du taoïsme, du confucianisme et du shintoïsme
Le bouddhisme Ch'an en mal d'histoire : genèse d'une tradition religieuse dans la Chine des T'ang by Bernard Faure( Book )

11 editions published in 1989 in French and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La volonté d'orthodoxie dans le bouddhisme chinois by Bernard Faure( Book )

10 editions published in 1988 in French and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le traité de Bodhidharma : première anthologie du bouddhisme Chan by Bodhidharma( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in French and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le plus ancien texte du bouddhisme chan (zen). Il s'agit d'une anthologie de la première école du chan -apparue vers le milieu du VIe siècle en Chine- laquelle considérait le semi-légendaire moine indien Bodhidharma comme son fondateur, et allait devenir très vite un des courants dominants de la pensée chinoise, puis exercer une forte influence sur le bouddhisme coréen et japonais
Le Bouddhisme : un exposé pour comprendre, un essai pour réfléchir by Bernard Faure( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in French and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un petit ouvrage sur l'origine du bouddhisme, sa doctrine et sa situation aujourd'hui
Sexualités bouddhiques : entre désirs et réalités by Bernard Faure( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in French and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bouddhisme et violence by Bernard Faure( Book )

6 editions published in 2008 in French and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The power of denial : Buddhism, purity, and gender
The power of denial : Buddhism, purity, and genderUnmasking BuddhismThe rhetoric of immediacy : a cultural critique of Chan/Zen BuddhismChan Buddhism in ritual contextDouble exposure : cutting across Buddhist and Western discoursesChinese magical medicineChan insights and oversights : an epistemological critique of the Chan traditionVisions of power : imagining medieval Japanese Buddhism
Alternative Names
Bernard Faure Frans historicus

Bernard Faure fransk historikar

Bernard Faure fransk historiker

Bernard Faure French historian

Bernard Faure historiador francés

Bernard Faure japonologue et bouddhologue français

Faure, Bernard

Faure, Bernard 1948-

Бернард Форе

برنارد فور مؤرخ فرنسي

포르, 베르나르

フォール, ベルナール


English (150)

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German (8)

Spanish (4)

Japanese (2)

Korean (1)

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