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Bringing Zen HomeThe Healing Heart of Japanese Women's Rituals$
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Paula Arai

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835354

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835354.001.0001

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The Way of Healing

The Way of Healing

Yudō 癒道‎

(p.29) Chapter 2 The Way of Healing
Bringing Zen Home

Paula Arai

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter describes a theory about the components and dynamics that constitute the Way of healing (yudō) as experienced by Japanese Buddhist women. The healing way of these women involves discipline, ritualized practices, and expanding perspectives. It invokes the ancient East Asian paradigm of the “Way” (tao), broadly construed as an ethical and aesthetic guide to transforming the body–mind to be in harmony with the activity of the universe. By expanding perspectives, the women’s relationships with events, circumstances, and people, including themselves, are transformed in a meaningful way. This chapter discusses the ten principles of the Way of healing paradigm, namely: experiencing interrelatedness, living body–mind, engaging in rituals, nurturing the self, enjoying life, creating beauty, cultivating gratitude, accepting reality as it is, expanding perspective, and embodying compassion.

Keywords:   compassion, Japanese Buddhist women, healing, discipline, ritual, body–mind, interrelatedness, beauty, gratitude

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