Kukai: Major Works

Paperback | May 14, 1984

byYoshito S. Kukai

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Kukai, more commonly known by the honorific Kobo Daishi, was one of the great characters in the development of Janpanese culture. He was active in literature, engineering, calligraphy, and architecture and is represented in this work in terms of his major effort--the introduction of esoteric Buddhism from China, which resulted in the formation of the Shingou sect still active in Japan. Eight of his works are presented here.

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Kukai, more commonly known by the honorific Kobo Daishi, was one of the great characters in the development of Janpanese culture. He was active in literature, engineering, calligraphy, and architecture and is represented in this work in terms of his major effort--the introduction of esoteric Buddhism from China, which resulted in the ...

Hakeda was Associate Professor of Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Associate Professor of Religion at Columbia University. Ryuichi Abe is the Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions in the Department of Eas Aisan Languages and Cultures at Harvard University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:303 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 14, 1984Publisher:Columbia University Press

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ISBN - 10:0231059337

ISBN - 13:9780231059336

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Table of Contents

Foreward, by Wm. Theodore de BaryPrefaceIntroductionPart One: Life of Kukai1. Youth2. Days of Crisis3. Reunification and Quest4. Encounter with Master Hui-Kuo5. Priod of Trial6. Rise to Eminence7. Abhiseka Ceremonies at the Takaosanji8. Founding of Mt. Koya9. The Toji Period10. Return to Mt. KoyaPart Two: Thought of Kukai1. Exoteric Buddhism and Esoteric BuddhismExoteric versus Esorteric BuddhismEsoteric Buddhism within Exoteric BuddhismShingon Buddhism, the Synthesis of Exoteric Buddhism2. Essentials of Kukai's Esoteric Buddhist Thought and PracticeGeneral Characteristics of Kukai's Esoteric Buddhist ThoughtDharmakaya Mahavairocana TathagataKukai's Esoteric Buddhist PracticePart Three: Major Works of Kukai1. Indications of the Goals of the Three Teachings2. A Memorial Presenting a List of Newly Imported Sutras and Other Items3. The Difference Between Exoteric and Esoteric Buddhism4. The Precious Key to the Secret Treasury5. Attaining Enlightenment in this Very Existence6. The Meanings of Sound, Word, and Reality7. The Meanings of the Word Hum8. The Secret Key to the Heart SutraChronological TableSelected BibliographyIndex

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This book serves two functions remarkably well: being an easy to follow, lucidly written introductory work for the non-initiated, and providing for the expert for the first time in English eight of Kukai's major works.