From 'Zhunti' to 'Juntei Kannon': Japanese Transformations of the Chinese Buddhist Occult
Center for Buddhist Studies Colloquium Series: A talk by Robert Gimello
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Asian Languages Department Conference Room
The little-known Indian tantric deity Cundi was a significant presence in the Buddhisms of both late traditional China and medieval Japan but served notably different functions in each. These differences will be described and a tentative historical explanation of them will be proposed. They will then be interpreted as symptomatic of deeper and larger differences between the esoteric Buddhism of China and that of Japan.
Robert Gimello is Visiting Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, and Professor Emeritus, East Asian Studies, University of Arizona.
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Sponsor(s): Center for Buddhist Studies