Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Death and the Afterlife in Japanese Buddhism$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jacqueline I. Stone and Mariko Namba Walter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832049

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832049.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use.date: 27 October 2021

The Price of Naming the Dead

The Price of Naming the Dead

Posthumous Precept Names and Critiques of Contemporary Japanese Buddhism

(p.293) 8 The Price of Naming the Dead
Death and the Afterlife in Japanese Buddhism

Stephen G. Covell

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explains that urbanization, land shortages, displacement of the extended by nuclear families, and other factors have combined to challenge the Buddhist mortuary system. Specifically, it focuses on issues surrounding the posthumous precept name (kaimyo) or dharma name (homyo). Donations to the temple for a posthumous name often constitute the single largest funerary expense and have become something of a lightning rod for controversy over traditional Buddhist funerals. Most people no longer understand what precept names are for, and many now reject the idea that the postmortem well-being of the deceased depends on a priest's ritual performance. The chapter also notes a shift in patterns of religious affiliation, from the continuing ties of the danka-temple relationship toward a one-time-only “fee for service” model.

Keywords:   precept name, kaimyo, dharma name, homyo, Buddist funerals, ritual performance, danka–temple relationship

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.