3rd Nanzan Seminar for Religion & Culture (7-8 Jan 2018)
Nanzan Institute Research Meeting
Speaker 1: Hong Yi-Pyo
Topic: "What is the Japanese 'Mainland'?: Comparing Awareness among Japanese and Korean Christians
Speaker 2: Yokoi Momoko Topic: "Religion as the Defining Attributes of Cultural Activity: Sociological Data-Based Research"
Time: 6 October, 5:30–7:20 pm.
Place: Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture, 2d Floor Reading Room Open Seminars Reading Endō Shūsaku Understanding the Core of Nishida’s Philosophy
Time: 5 October, 5:00–7:00 pm.
Place: Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture, 2d Floor Meeting Room
attributed to Bodhidharma is presently considered authentic. < Broughton, p. 4 > The lack of robust historical evidence concerning Bodhidharma, paradoxically, is offset by countless legends about this sage. Legends come in two varieties -- the orthodox Chinese version, and the far more fanciful Japanese version. Both versions are considered largely apocryphal, containing layer upon layer of embellishments and legendary accretions spanning many centuries. Modern scholars and art historians are trying to discern the underlying historical figure by stripping away the ideological, idealizing, & idolizing accretions. < Sources REFERENCES: See, for example:
Bodhidharma as Textual and Religious Paradigm by Bernard Faure (History of Religions, Vol. 25, No. 3, 1986, -198) or
Why did the Patriarch Cross the River? The Rushleaf Bodhidharma Reconsidered by Charles Lachman (Asia Major, Vol. 4, Pt. 2, 1993, Pages 257-264), or
Awakenings: The Development of the Zen Figural Pantheon by Yukio Lippit (Japan Society, 2007), or
The Bodhidharma Anthology: The Earliest Records of Zen by Jeffrey L. Broughton (University of California Press, ).
If we substitute for a frog a "Mr. Goodwill" or a "Mr. Prudence," and for the scorpion "Mr. Treachery" or "Mr. Two-Face," and make the river any river and substitute for "We're both Arabs . . ." "We're both men . ." we turn the fable [which illustrates human tendencies by using animals as illustrative examples] into an allegory [a narrative in which each character and action has symbolic meaning]. On the other hand, if we turn the frog into a father and the scorpion into a son (boatman and passenger) and we have the son say "We're both sons of God, aren't we?", then we have a parable (if a rather cynical one) about the wickedness of human nature and the sin of parricide. (22)