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Tracing the Itinerant Path: Jishū Nuns of Medieval Japan

Caitilin J. Griffiths


This study introduces the jishū nuns who participated alongside monks as fellow practitioners—not as wives, daughters, or mothers. They were partners in a Pure Land religious school devoted to encompassing the world with the name Amida Buddha through their continuous chanting of the nembutsu. The popularity of the jishū rose in Japan during the late thirteenth century and continues to operate today, now as the Ji-sect. This book focuses on the activities of the nuns from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, before the various jishū groups were united into a single sect. During this time, fe ... More

Keywords: Japanese, women, fourteenth century, history, Buddhism, Ji-sect, nembutsu, travel, practice halls, dōjō, Ippen, yugyō, hijiri

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824859367
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824859367.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caitilin J. Griffiths, author
University of Toronto