Richard Bowring traces the development of Japanese religious thought and practice from the introduction of writing to the point when medieval attitudes gave way to a distinctive pre-modern culture. This is the first English-language book to provide an overview of how Buddhism and Shint? interacted in Japanese culture.
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'An absolute must for graduate courses on Japanese religion. It is unlikely to be eclipsed by another general English-language work on the history of religion in pre-modern Japan for many years to come.' Gary P. Leupp, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
'… an engrossing, fascinating, and exhaustive study.' Brian O. Ruppert, The Journal of Japanese Studies
'… this volume offers much to both the novice student of Japanese Buddhism and the seasoned scholar.' James L. Ford, Monumenta Nipponica
Richard Bowring is Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Cambridge and Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He is co-author of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan (1993) and has written a number of Japanese Language textbooks.
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