Chapter five traces the career of Karakuni no Hitonari, who worked in a variety of both scribal and administrative roles at the Office of Sutra Transcription before becoming a monk. Through this insider’s view and using a theoretical model based on disciplinary regimes, the chapter argues the scriptorium offered Hitonari and others chances to cultivate themselves through religious, calligraphic, and literary pursuits. It outlines Hitonari’s career and work responsibilities, translates his poetry, assesses his calligraphy, examines his religious practices. It connects these activities with monastic training and shows how they would have been useful to Hitonari after he became a monk.
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