Sources of Japanese Tradition

From Earliest Times to 1600, second edition

Edited by Wm. Theodore de Bary, Donald Keene, George Tanabe, and Paul Varley

Columbia University Press

Sources of Japanese Tradition

Pub Date: April 2002

ISBN: 9780231121392

552 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: May 2001

ISBN: 9780231121385

552 Pages

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Pub Date: April 2002

ISBN: 9780231518055

552 Pages

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Sources of Japanese Tradition

From Earliest Times to 1600, second edition

Edited by Wm. Theodore de Bary, Donald Keene, George Tanabe, and Paul Varley

Columbia University Press

Sources of Japanese Tradition is a best-selling classic, unrivaled for its wide selection of source readings on history, society, politics, education, philosophy, and religion in the Land of the Rising Sun. In this long-awaited second edition, the editors have revised or retranslated most of the texts in the original 1958 edition, and added a great many selections not included or translated before. They have also restructured volume 1 to span the period from the early Japanese chronicles to the end of the sixteenth century. New additions include:

* readings on early and medieval Shinto and on the tea ceremony,

* readings on state Buddhism and Chinese political thought influential in Japan, and

* sections on women's education, medieval innovations in the uses of history, and laws and precepts of the medieval warrior houses.

Together, the selections shed light on the development of Japanese civilization in its own terms, without reference to Western parallels, and will continue to assist generations of students and lay readers in understanding Japanese culture.
The long awaited second edition, with new contributions reflecting who's who in the field, adds new readings and revisions for a more balanced perspecitve... Sources lives again as a useful introduction that "lets the Japanese speak for themselves." Religious Studies Review
I am a fan of Volume One of Sources of Japanese Tradition... The daunting task of revisiting such a classic was skillfully handled by the editors. Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
Part 1: Early Japan
1. The Earliest Records of Japan
2. Early Shinto
3. Prince Shotoku and His Constitution
4. Chinese Thought and Institutions in Early Japan
5. Nara Buddhism
Part 2: Mahayana Universalism and the Sense of Hierarchy
6. Saicho and Mt. Hiei (Ryusaku Tsunoda and Paul Groner)
7. Kukai and Esoteric Buddhism
8. The Spread of Esoteric Buddhism
9. The Vocabulary of Japanese Aesthetics I
10. Amida, the Pure Land, and the Response of the Old Buddhism to the New
11. New Voices of History (Paul Varley)
12. The Way of the Warrior (Paul Varley)
13. Nichiren: The Sun and the Lotus (Philip Yampolsky)
14. Zen Buddhism (William Bodiford)
15. Shinto in Medieval Japan
16. The Vocabulary of Japanese Aesthetics II
17. Women's Education
18. Law and Precepts for the Warrior Houses (Paul Varley)
19. The Regime of the Unifiers (Jurgis S. A. Elisonas)

About the Author

Wm. Theodore de Bary (1919–2017) was John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and provost emeritus of Columbia University. His many books include Waiting for the Dawn, Message of the Mind, and Learning for One’s Self, as well as Sources of Japanese Tradition and Sources of Korean Tradition, all published by Columbia University Press.

Carol Gluck is the George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University. She is the author of Japan's Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period.

Arthur Tiedemann is a member of the Society of Senior Scholars at the Heyman Centre for the Humanities, Columbia University. He is the author of Modern Japan: A Brief History.