A Net of Fireflies: Japanese Haiku and Haiku Paintings by Harold Stewart

By Harold Stewart

A hundred and eighty web page challenging hide publication of Haiku poems and work. released through Charles E. Tuttle corporation in a primary version reward e-book in 1993.

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40 Explaining what he means by “doctrine,” Åkuni compares the teachings found in the ancient imperial texts to sunlight that illuminates the entire globe. Confucianism, Brahmanism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam are compared to moonlight, since they only communicate indirectly the radiance of true doctrine found in the ancient texts of Japan. Shinto also communicates this truth in only a limited fashion. Åkuni compares the currents of Shinto found in mid-nineteenth century Japan to a lamp; it is brighter than moonlight, but will not shine very far.

P. 262. 8 trent maxey Christian conversion motivated much of the ritual, ecclesiastical, and ideological reforms undertaken by the Meiji state in the early postRestoration period. The fear of conversion translated into an attempt to convert. II. ”16 The Ministry of Rites ( jigikan), an ofÀce resurrected from the eighth century stood at the center of that invention and provided a focal point for ideologues, especially scholars of Native Learning (kokugaku) and Shinto priests, who sought to realize the unity of rite and rule.

24 The forceful consolidation of the Shinto pantheon beneath a supreme sun goddess, as advocated by the Tsuwano school and others, implied the forcible redeÀnition, exclusion, or termination of myriad spiritual practices observed by the population at large. It required, in other words, an active intervention into the ritual practices and doctrinal beliefs of the populace. Theological differences within the Ministry of Rites and the state’s need to address far more pressing military, political, and Àscal challenges, however, meant that propagating a new “restored” national faith did not immediately rank as a high policy priority.

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