Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage - Michael Pye

Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage - Michael Pye


Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage - Michael Pye

Michael Pye [+-]
Marburg University, (Emeritus) and Otani University
Michael Pye is Professor (emeritus) at Marburg University and a visiting Research Associate of Ōtani University in Kyōto. His writings have ranged widely over problems in the study of religions, studies in Buddhist thought and many aspects of contemporary Japanese religion. His major publications include Skilful Means and Emerging from Meditation.


In Japan well-established Shintō shrines form a nation-wide network forming the sites around which two types of pilgrimage, mainly but not exclusively Buddhist, occur: single shrine pilgrimage and pilgrimage to several shrines in sequence (circulatory). The subject of this book is circulatory pilgrimage. The two most famous circulatory pilgrimage routes form a model for all of the others: the Saikoku Pilgrimage comprising 33 temples in Western Japan and the Shikoku Pilgrimage comprising 88 temples on the island of Shikoku. The book uses three organizing concepts in the phenomenology of pilgrimage: route (the geographic patterns followed), the performed rites of transaction, and the dimension of Buddhist meaning. Various theories of pilgrimage are examined including Viktor and Edith Turner’s liminality and communitas, commercialized tourism and locality/sacred space and a general definition of pilgrimage is given.

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Pye, Michael . Introduction. Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-27 Feb 2015. ISBN 9781845539177. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24520. Date accessed: 21 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24520. Feb 2015

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