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Bringing Zen Home: The Healing Heart of Japanese Women's Rituals

Paula Arai


Healing lies at the heart of Zen. This book reveals a vital stream of religious practice that flourishes outside the bounds of formal institutions through sacred rites that women develop and transmit to one another. Everyday objects and common materials are used in inventive ways. The book brings a fresh perspective to Zen scholarship by uncovering a previously unrecognized but nonetheless vibrant strand of lay practice. The creativity of domestic Zen is evident in the ritual activities that women fashion, weaving tradition and innovation, to gain a sense of wholeness and balance in the midst ... More

Keywords: healing, Zen, domestic Zen, Zen laywomen, religious practice, ritual, beauty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835354
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835354.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paula Arai, author
Louisiana State University