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Hokkeji and the Reemergence of Female Monastic Orders in Premodern Japan$
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Lori R. Meeks

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833947

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833947.001.0001

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Envisioning Nuns

Envisioning Nuns

Views from the Court

(p.59) 2 Envisioning Nuns
Hokkeji and the Reemergence of Female Monastic Orders in Premodern Japan

Lori Meeks

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the women involved in the medieval restoration of Hokkeji, many of which served as ladies-in-waiting under powerful royal women. As former ladies-in-waiting, they were well educated, well connected, and proud of the social status they possessed. The ties they had formed with each other as a community of cultural producers and patrons—ties supported by a shared sense of history that allowed them to feel connected both to each other and to ladies-in-waiting of times past—positioned them to formulate and support the restoration of Hokkeji both ideologically and economically. The chapter then examines how members of court society viewed nuns as well as the relationship between women and Buddhism.

Keywords:   Hokkeji restoration, ladies-in-waiting, royal women, cultural producers, cultural patrons, court society, nuns, Buddhism

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