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Guardians of the Buddha's Home : Domestic Religion in Contemporary Jodo Shinshu.

Author: Jessica Starling; Mark Michael Rowe
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, 2019.
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In Guardians of the Buddha’s Home, Jessica Starling draws on nearly three years of ethnographic research to provide a comprehensive view of Jōdo Shinshū (True Pure Land) temple life with temple wives (known as bōmori, or temple guardians) at its center. Throughout, she focuses on “domestic religion,” a mode of doing religion centering on more informal religious expression that has received scant attention in the  Read more...
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Starling, Jessica
Guardians of the Buddha's Home : Domestic Religion in Contemporary Jodo Shinshu
Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press,c2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jessica Starling; Mark Michael Rowe
ISBN: 9780824866938 0824866932
OCLC Number: 1099333121
Notes: Description based upon print version of record.
Description: 1 online resource (201 p.)
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Series Editor’s Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
1. A Family of Clerics --
2. Staying at Home as Buddhist Propagation --
3. Home Economics --
4. Social Networks and Social Obligations in the Disciplining of Bōmori --
5. Wives in Front of the Altar --
6. Equality and Freedom in the Ōtani-ha --
Conclusion --
Glossary --
Notes --
Works Cited --
Index --
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In Guardians of the Buddha’s Home, Jessica Starling draws on nearly three years of ethnographic research to provide a comprehensive view of Jōdo Shinshū (True Pure Land) temple life with temple wives (known as bōmori, or temple guardians) at its center. Throughout, she focuses on “domestic religion,” a mode of doing religion centering on more informal religious expression that has received scant attention in the scholarly literature.The Buddhist temple wife’s movement back and forth between the main hall and the “back stage” of the kitchen and family residence highlights the way religious meaning cannot be confined to canonical texts or to the area of the temple prescribed for formal worship. Starling argues that attaining Buddhist faith (shinjin) is just as likely to occur in response to a simple act of hospitality, a sense of community experienced at an informal temple gathering, or an aesthetic affinity with the temple space that has been carefully maintained by the bōmori as it is from hearing the words of a Pure Land sutra intoned by a professional priest. For temple wives, the spiritual practice of button hōsha (repayment of the debt owed to the Buddha for one’s salvation) finds expression through the conscientious stewardship of temple donations, caring for the Buddha’s home and opening it to lay followers, raising the temple’s children, and propagating the teachings in the domestic sphere. Engaging with what religious scholars have called the “turn to affect,” Starling’s work investigates in personal detail how religious dispositions are formed in individual practitioners. The answer, not surprisingly, has as much to do with intimate relationships and "idian practices as with formal liturgies or scripted sermons.

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