История и культура традиционной Японии 6
Translated biography of the famous translator and commentator of esoteric sutras Yi Hshing (683-727).
Biography of the famous translator and commentator of esoteric sutras Yu Hsing, written by Kobo Daishi, founder of Shingon -mystic school in Japan.
This article discusses the phenomenon of ritual portraits of Zen masters (chinzō) and offers an explanation of why they differ stylistically from similar genres of portraits of patriarchs (sōshizō) and Daoist and Buddhist figures (dōshakuga). The stylistic peculiarity of chinzō which has never been explained in a reasonable way, derives, in my opinion, from their ritual usage and, most of all, ontological status. Chinzō served in the rituals of the transmission of Dharma and substituted the master himself after his demise.
The article analyzes the transformation of the deity Sumiyoshi into the patron saint of poetry.
Traditional biogrphies and poetical works of buddhist monks in "Kaifuso" (751)