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Seinan no bukkyō 西南之佛敎

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Title:Seinan no bukkyō 西南之佛敎
Buddhism in the Southwest
Authors:Sōen, Kōgaku (Shaku)
Keywords:Ceylon, Sri Lanka, Japan, Rinzai Zen, Meiji era, Japanese travelogue
LC Subject Headings:BQ9258 .S53
Date Issued:21 Apr 2013
Abstract:This publication constitutes Sōen's account of his journey to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Thailand from March 8, 1887 to October 12, 1889. It was sent to Japan and published in January 1889, before his return. It contains drawings, as well as prefatory remarks in Sinhalese from Dharmapala, his teacher in Ceylon. The two forewords were written by Sōen's teacher in Japan, Kōsen Sōon 洪川宗温 (Imakita 今北 1816–1892), and by his sponsor, Tokuan Torio Koyata 得庵 鳥尾小彌太 (1847–1905).
The title of this publication "Buddhism in the South-west" illustrates how Ceylon was viewed from the Japanese perspective, as opposed to the Eurocentric perspective that would describe it as "South-east Asia."
Description:For further information about this publication, see Jaffe, Richard M. 2004. Seeking Śākyamuni: Travel and the Reconstruction of Japanese Buddhism. Journal of Japanese Studies 30 (1): 65–96.
Pages/Duration:64 scanned pages
Rights:Free of right, since the copyright has expired. This volume was scanned from the private collection of Michel Mohr.
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Appears in Collections: Works by Shaku Soen

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