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By Micah L. Auerback

ISBN-10: 022628638X

ISBN-13: 9780226286389

Since its arrival in Japan within the 6th century, Buddhism has performed a crucial position in eastern tradition. however the ancient determine of the Buddha, the prince of old Indian descent who deserted his wealth and tool to turn into an woke up being, has time and again disappeared and reappeared, rising every time in a distinct shape and to diversified ends. A Storied Sage strains this variation of options of the Buddha, from Japan’s historical interval within the 8th century to the tip of the Meiji interval within the early 20th century.

Micah L. Auerback follows the altering fortune of the Buddha throughout the novel makes use of for the Buddha’s tale in low and high tradition alike, frequently open air of the confines of the Buddhist institution. Auerback argues for the Buddha’s carrying on with relevance in the course of Japan’s early sleek interval and hyperlinks the later Buddhist culture in Japan to its roots at the Asian continent. also, he examines the afterlife of the Buddha in hagiographic literature, demonstrating that the overdue jap Buddha, faraway from fading right into a ghost of his former self, as a substitute underwent a massive reincarnation. hard many proven assumptions approximately Buddhism and its evolution in Japan, A Storied Sage is a crucial contribution to the bigger dialogue of faith and secularization in modernity.

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