ROBUST discussion

12 views
Book Talk & Exchange of Views > Heian Japan (794-1185 AD)

Comments Showing 1-12 of 12 (12 new)    post a comment »
dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by J.A. (new)

J.A. Beard (jabeard) As Andre posted one of my entries here previously, it seems like there was some interest, so I'll just post links as I do these entries for consumption. If they are shorter entries, I'll post the whole thing here, but typically my entries are 750-1000 words. That gets cumbersome to read on Goodreads.

Shinto, the Way of the Gods

During the Heian era, the religious and spiritual beliefs of the Japanese people were defined by a syncretic mix of the native Shinto beliefs and imported Buddhism beliefs (yes, there was Confucian influence, but to split a metaphysical hair as it influenced Japan, it was more an ethical and social framework than anything else).

In the entry, I talk a bit about the history of Shinto and two bedrock aspects:

http://bit.ly/t6rGsC


message 2: by Andre Jute (new)

Andre Jute (andrejute) | 4851 comments Mod
J.a. wrote: "As Andre posted one of my entries here previously, it seems like there was some interest, so I'll just post links as I do these entries for consumption. If they are shorter entries, I'll post the whole thing here..."

This is excellent, not only the inherent interest in these pieces, but posting notice of them here, or the whole thing if it fits.

That is why the remit of ROBUST is open ended, because you don't know what the other members know that is useful or interesting until they tell you.

So, ROBUSTERs, if you do something, anything, anywhere, be sure at least to mention it here with a URL, or to reprint it here. Some or all of us are bound to want to know.

Make a new thread in one of the folders, post on an existing thread, whatever seems suitable, but let us know.

Jeremy, as always, is setting a Good Example!

BTW, this is what I said on Twitter about Jeremy's article when I forwarded it:

"thrillsjute Andre Jute
Bored with stealing plots from the Bible? Try the Shinto religion of Japan instead. Your guide: J. A. Beard. http://riftwatcher.blogspot.com/2011/... "


message 3: by J.A. (new)

J.A. Beard (jabeard) Ah, good. Didn't want to come off as a 'spam' king or anything.


message 4: by Claudine (new)

Claudine | 1110 comments Mod
Consider me clueless (due to a certain slave driver author/publisher who started this website I have not had much time to surf the web let alone read anything else ;) ...), this is a historical period in Japan? I will have to set aside some time to read your blog posts then as I have just read the first few paragraphs of your very first blog post on this. I love anything historical in nature ie fiction based on fact.


message 5: by J.A. (new)

J.A. Beard (jabeard) Yeah, originally I started this series to share research I'm doing for a future planned Heian novel, but then after talking to several people I realized just how people actually seem to know much about this period, so I figured I'd take a step back and start broadly in talking about it and work my way toward the more obscure stuff.

If you click on the tag 'the age of tranquility and peace' in the tag cloud or on this entry, all the others will come up.

There are currently six of these up. I write an entry per week (currently Wednesdays, though the older ones were on Sunday)

I'm trying as much as possible to make them relatively accessible, not totally dull, and educational yet still quick reads (750-1000) words. It's . . . challenging. :)


message 6: by J.A. (new)

J.A. Beard (jabeard) The Age of Tranquility of Peace, Heian Japan, Buddhism, The Middle Way, Part I: An Overview

http://bit.ly/rKz18f

Here, I rather painfully try to give the fundamentals of Buddhism in some cogent way in a modest blog entry as a basis for explaining Heian-specific Buddhist schools of thought.


message 7: by J.A. (new)

J.A. Beard (jabeard) The Age of Tranquility and Peace: Heian Japan #8--Secret Teachings and Art as Enlightenment: Shingon and Tendai Buddhism http://bit.ly/t8F9Bq


message 8: by J.A. (new)

J.A. Beard (jabeard) The Age of Tranquility and Peace: Heian Japan #9: Enlightenment for the masses, Amidism

http://bit.ly/uueYrl


message 9: by J.A. (new)

J.A. Beard (jabeard) #10: The Dark Smile of Beauty, Ohaguro: http://bit.ly/uRHfYH

#11: Beautiful impracticality: Women's Court Dress: http://bit.ly/rMk65B


message 10: by J.A. (last edited Jan 27, 2012 01:00AM) (new)

J.A. Beard (jabeard) #12: Sokutai and Noshi, the Tuxedo and Business Suit of Heian Japan

http://riftwatcher.blogspot.com/2012/...

#13: The Narrow Tip of the Pyramid: The Rank System

http://riftwatcher.blogspot.com/2012/...

#14: Exile, Opportunity, and a Deified Bureacrat: The Provincials

http://riftwatcher.blogspot.com/2012/...


message 11: by J.A. (new)

J.A. Beard (jabeard) #15 Heart of Harmony--The Layout of Heian-Kyo

http://www.riftwatcher.blogspot.com/2...


message 12: by J.A. (new)

J.A. Beard (jabeard) The Age of Tranquility and Peace: Heian Japan #16: Genji's Dreamer, Murasaki Shikibu

A brief biography of the author of the Tale of Genji, an 11th-century psychological novel of the Heian Court. We're blessed by actually having direct entries from the woman herself, a rare bit of insight from a time where women's names were often not even recorded in many records.

http://www.riftwatcher.blogspot.com/2...


back to top