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A Storied Sage: Canon and Creation in the Making of a Japanese Buddha

Micah L. Auerback


This book offers a diachronic analysis of narratives recounting the life of the Buddha and their transformations—typically in written texts, but including material culture and ritual practice. It traces accounts of the Buddha from ancient Japan through the medieval and early modern eras, into the early 1910s. After a millennium of hagiography written in alignment with canonical accounts, stories of the life of the Buddha left the control of Buddhist organizations and entered the realm of commercial production. This shift produced a “vernacular Buddha” popular in the literary imagination of the ... More

Keywords: Buddha, Canonicity, Hagiography, Historicism, Sakyamuni, secularization, vernacularization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226286389
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226286419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Micah L. Auerback, author
University of Michigan