Occasional Papers

The Occasional Papers series collects in slim volumes of about one hundred pages the texts of lectures given at the ISEAS, presented with full footnotes, bibliography, and in most cases with a general index at the end.

Vegetal Buddhas

Ideological Effects of Japanese Buddhist Doctrines on the Salvation of Inanimate Beings

By Fabio Rambelli

Vegetal Buddhas: Ideological Effects Of Japanese Buddhist Doctrines On The Salvation Of Inanimate Beings
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AA study of the doctrines on the salvation of plants and inanimate objects in medieval Japanese Buddhism, and an explanation of the ideological and economic reasons behind their introduction.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Nonsentients, Nature and Material Objects
  • Chapter 1: Ecosophia and Ecognosis: Buddhist Doctrines of The Nonsentient
    - The Status of Nonsentients in East Asian Buddhism
    - Tendai Ecognosis
    - Shingon Ecognosis
  • Chapter 2: Ecopietas: The DiscourseI of The Nonsentient and Its Cultural Ramifications
    - The Domain of Ecopietas
    - Trees, Kami, and Buddhism
    - Suwa Shrine’s Onbashira Ritual and the Transformation of Nature
    - The Revenge of the Nonsentients
    - Soteriological Implications of Doctrines on Plants’ Salvation
    - Environmentalism and Ecological Ethics
    - Againts Tree Cutting: Environmentalism, Religion, and Ideology
    - Animism and the Japanese Cultural Tradition
    - A Metaphor of Power