Bringing the Center to the Periphery: Buddhist Travel as the Extension of Masculine Authority in Eighteenth Century Japan

12:30 pm on Thursday, February 13, 2014
1:50 pm on Thursday, February 13, 2014
Eilts Room, Department of International Relations, Boston University, 154 Bay State Road (2nd floor)
A faculty lunch talk by Gina Cogan RSVP to by 2/11/14 if you plan to attend. Buddhist travel during the Tokugawa period has usually been seen as marginal and potentially subversive; the province of low status clerics and women. The case of the Rinzai Zen monk Hakuin (1686-1769), however, proves otherwise. Far from placing him in a marginal state, Hakuin’s travel brought him closer to the center of Buddhist prestige and political power. This talk will explain how this came to be and explore the implications of thinking of travel as a means of upholding the status quo.