Sojiji: Discipline, Compassion, and Enlightenment at a Japanese Zen Temple (Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies #94) (Paperback)

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Sōjiji is one of the two head temples of Sōtō Zen, the largest sect of Japanese Buddhism. The temple is steeped in centuries of culture and tradition, but it is very much rooted in the present and future, performing functions and catering to needs that reflect the changing demographic, social, and religious landscapes of contemporary Japan.

Based on more than fifteen years of fieldwork, interviews, and archival research, Sōjiji: Discipline, Compassion, and Enlightenment at a Japanese Zen Temple immerses the reader in the lives and experiences of the different groups that comprise Sōjiji's contemporary religious community. Through clear and accessible prose, ethnographically-grounded analysis, and emotionally compelling stories, the reader will explore the rich pastiche of daily life and ritual activity at a major Japanese Zen temple in institutional, historical, and social context through the lived practices of its community of clergy, practitioners, parishioners, and visitors.

About the Author


Joshua Irizarry is Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780472055364
ISBN-10: 0472055364
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: June 13th, 2022
Pages: 310
Language: English
Series: Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies