The Significance of Visiting the Temples or Shrines And Practicing as a Lay Believer in The Second Volume of Takemukigaki

Ruhui Ma

Beijin Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China

The author of Takemukigaki, Hino Meishi, was the widow of Kinmune,the head of Saionji. In the second volume of Takemukigaki, in addition to recording the grand activities held in Kitayama Mansion as the widow and the active posture of her son Sanetoshi as the next head of the family, Meishi also recorded many about the temple’s and shrine’s visiting and lay believer’s practicing with a meditation, showing a devout Buddhist faith. At the same time, it can be seen from the details of some narratives that the Buddhist activities of Meishi also included, praying for her dead husband, praying for the prosperity of Saionji-family and her son, and the aim of self-proving the utilitarian purposes in the attitude of lay believers. Although Meishi had a strong sense of impermanence and a desire to leave life and death, she couldn’t stop the pursuit of temporal interests. Therefore, she chose Zen to find a formal and theoretical basis for the lay believer.


Ruhui (1992-), is a Ph.D. Candidates in Beijin Center for Japanese Studies, Beijin Foreign Studies University, currently doing her research at Waseda University as a visiting fellow for one year. Her research interest is classical Japanese literature.


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