Leaving for the Rising Sun: Chinese Zen Master Yinyuan and the Authenticity Crisis in Early Modern East Asia by Jiang WuLeaving for the Rising Sun: Chinese Zen Master Yinyuan and the Authenticity Crisis in Early Modern East Asia by Jiang Wu

Leaving for the Rising Sun: Chinese Zen Master Yinyuan and the Authenticity Crisis in Early Modern…

byJiang Wu

Paperback | December 10, 2014

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In 1654 Zen Master Yinyuan traveled from China to Japan. Seven years later his monastery, Manpukuji, was built and he had founded a new tradition, called Obaku. In this sequel to his 2008 book, Enlightenment in Dispute, Jiang Wu tells the story of the tremendous obstacles faced by Yinyuan,drawing parallels between his experiences and the broader political and cultural context in which he lived. Yinyuan claimed to have inherited the "Authentic Transmission of the Linji Sect." After arriving in Japan, he was able to persuade the Shogun to build a new Ming-style monastery for the establishment of his Obaku school. His arrival in Japan coincided with a series of historical developments,including the Ming-Qing transition, the consolidation of early Tokugawa power, the growth of Nagasaki trade, and rising Japanese interests in Chinese learning and artistic pursuits. While Yinyuan's travel is known in scholarly circles, the significance of his journey within East Asian history hasnot been fully explored. Leaving for the Rising Sun provides a unique opportunity to reexamine the crisis in the continent and responses from other parts of East Asia. Using Yinyuan's story as a bridge between China and Japan, Wu demonstrates that the monk's significance is far greater than thetemporary success of a religious sect. Rather, Yinyuan imported to Japan a new discourse of authenticity that gave rise to indigenous movements that challenged, and led to the eventual breakup of, a China-centered world order.
Jiang Wu is an associate professor in Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. His research interests include Chinese Buddhism, especially Chan/Zen Buddhism and the Chinese Buddhist canon, Sino-Japanese Buddhist exchanges, and the application of spatial analysis tools in the study of religion and culture. He is th...
Title:Leaving for the Rising Sun: Chinese Zen Master Yinyuan and the Authenticity Crisis in Early Modern…Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.02 × 6.1 × 1.18 inPublished:December 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceConventionsChronologyIntroduction: Yinyuan as a Symbol of Authenticity1. In Search of Enlightenment: Yinyuan and the Reinvention of the "Authentic Transmission" in Late-Ming Buddhist Revival2. Building a Dharma Transmission Monastery: Mount Huangbo in Seventeenth-Century China3. Leaving for the Rising Sun: the Historical Background of Yinyuan's Migration to Japan in 16544. The Taikun's Zen Master from China: The Edo Bakufu and the Founding of Manpukuji in 16615. The Multiple Lives of a Chinese Monk: Yinyuan as Zen Master, Literary Man, and Thurmaturge6. Authenticity in Dispute: Responses to the Idea of Authenticity in Edo Japan7. Where are the Authentic Masters? The Bakufu's Failed Attempts to Recruit Chinese MonksConclusion: Yinyuan and the Authenticity Crisis in Early Modern East AsiaChinese GlossaryBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"In this wonderfully informative study, Jiang Wu extends the significance of his previous, groundbreaking book, Enlightenment in Dispute, from China into the greater East Asian sphere of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Through the career and legacy of the eminent monk Yinyuan Longqi(1592-1673) in China and Japan, Wu penetrates the crisis of cultural legitimacy that beset East Asia, particularly Tokugawa Japan, after the demise of the Ming dynasty." --Lynn Struve, Professor of Chinese History, Indiana University, Bloomington