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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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Revealing the Healing Realm of Zen

Revealing the Healing Realm of Zen

(p.204) Chapter 6 Revealing the Healing Realm of Zen
Bringing Zen Home

Paula Arai

University of Hawai'i Press

This book has examined the ways in which healing courses through the lives of contemporary Japanese Zen women and how ritualized activities transform emotionally intense moments—charged with fear, pain, and untamed anger—into healing. By analyzing ritualized activities woven into daily life, the book has illuminated the concept of domestic Zen and the healing power of resourceful and resilient women. The women’s stories and experiences inform, expand, and enrich our understanding of Buddhism, Japan, women, ritual, healing, field methodology, and Zen as they reveal to us their healing practices and wisdom. Engaging in ritualized activities that embody wisdom and compassion are the keys to Zen healing. This concluding chapter describes an “Integrated Model of Healing and Illness,” developed by religion and medical anthropology scholar Linda Barnes, and the Way of healing paradigm based on Japanese Zen Buddhism. It also discusses the art and science of Zen healing.

Keywords:   healing, Japanese Zen women, ritual, domestic Zen, Zen Buddhism, Japan, wisdom, compassion, illness

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