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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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Hokkeji’s Place in Eison’s Vinaya Revival Movement

Hokkeji’s Place in Eison’s Vinaya Revival Movement

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Hokkeji and the Reemergence of Female Monastic Orders in Premodern Japan

Lori Meeks

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses Hokkeji's relationship with Eison and his widely popular movement to revive both the Ritsu school itself and the monastic practice of upholding the vinaya laws. Hokkeji's place in Eison's order was not merely that of a token women's order created to meet certain doctrinal ideas. As an institution headed by women with powerful court and warrior government ties, Hokkeji attracted elite patrons to the Saidaiji movement. Moreover, as an order that produced and cared for a vast store of Buddha relics, Hokkeji contributed precious ritual and symbolic capital to the Saidaiji movement—increasing the Ritsu movement's claims to spiritual authority as well as its institutional visibility on all levels of society.

Keywords:   Hokkeji, Eison, Ritsu school, vinaya laws, Saidaiji movement, Ritsu movement, spiritual authority, institutional visibility

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