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Creating Heresy: (Mis)representation, Fabrication, and the Tachikawa-ryu

Hino, Takuya

In this dissertation I provide a detailed analysis of the role played by the Tachikawa-ryu in the development of Japanese esoteric Buddhist doctrine during the medieval period (900-1200). In doing so, I seek to challenge currently held, inaccurate views of the role played by this tradition in the history of Japanese esoteric Buddhism and Japanese religion more generally. The Tachikawa-ryu, which has yet to receive sustained attention in English-language scholarship, began in the twelfth century and later came to be denounced as heretical by mainstream Buddhist institutions. The project will be divided into four sections: three of these will each focus on a different chronological stage in the development of the Tachikawa-ryu, while the introduction will address the portrayal of this tradition in twentieth-century scholarship.

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Academic Units
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Thesis Advisors
Como, Michael I.
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
January 31, 2012
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