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Starling, Jessica

Guardians of the Buddha’s Home

Domestic Religion in Contemporary Jōdo Shinshū

Ed. by Rowe, Mark Michael

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PRESS

    82,95 € / $95.00 / £75.00*

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    Publication Date:
    2019
    Copyright year:
    2019
    To be published:
    February 2019
    ISBN
    978-0-8248-6695-2
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    Aims and Scope

    In Guardians of the Buddha’s Home, Jessica Starling draws on nearly three years of ethnographic research to provide a comprehensive view of Jōdo Shinshū (True Pure Land) temple life with temple wives (known as bōmori, or temple guardians) at its center. Throughout, she focuses on “domestic religion,” a mode of doing religion centering on more informal religious expression that has received scant attention in the scholarly literature.

    The Buddhist temple wife’s movement back and forth between the main hall and the “back stage” of the kitchen and family residence highlights the way religious meaning cannot be confined to canonical texts or to the area of the temple prescribed for formal worship. Starling argues that attaining Buddhist faith (shinjin) is just as likely to occur in response to a simple act of hospitality, a sense of community experienced at an informal temple gathering, or an aesthetic affinity with the temple space that has been carefully maintained by the bōmori as it is from hearing the words of a Pure Land sutra intoned by a professional priest. For temple wives, the spiritual practice of button hōsha (repayment of the debt owed to the Buddha for one’s salvation) finds expression through the conscientious stewardship of temple donations, caring for the Buddha’s home and opening it to lay followers, raising the temple’s children, and propagating the teachings in the domestic sphere. Engaging with what religious scholars have called the “turn to affect,” Starling’s work investigates in personal detail how religious dispositions are formed in individual practitioners. The answer, not surprisingly, has as much to do with intimate relationships and quotidian practices as with formal liturgies or scripted sermons.

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    232 pages
    7 b/w illustrations
    UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PRESS
    Language:
    English
    Readership:
    Professional and scholarly;

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    StarlingJessica:

    Jessica Starling is assistant professor of religious studies and Asian studies at Lewis & Clark College.RoweMark Michael:

    Mark Michael Rowe is associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University.Jessica Starling is assistant professor of religious studies and Asian studies at Lewis & Clark College.

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