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Murmured ConversationsA Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei$
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Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804748636

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.001.0001

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The Impartiality of Divine Response

The Impartiality of Divine Response

(p.178) Fifty-Four The Impartiality of Divine Response
Murmured Conversations
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To celebrate the benefits of the Dharma (hōraku), it was a common practice in Japan during the medieval period to make offerings of poetry (waka, renga, kanshi) as well as Nō plays and other performing arts at temples and shrines. Records of hōraku renga suggest that artistic performance was one way of giving delight to the gods, buddhas, and bodhisattvas to solicit their blessing of a specific request by the celebrant or the sponsor. In this chapter, Shinkei responds to the question of whether the poor quality of a performance would have an adverse effect on divine response. His answer is consistent with the opinion expressed in the Shasekishū, based on a passage in the Sutra of the Ten Wheels, namely, that imperfect observance (of the precepts) must not be condemned outright. Instead, it must be turned into the seed of future benefits. Shinkei claims that such an attitude conforms to the Buddha's compassion and is in agreement with the fact that among the six perfections, that of giving and generosity comes first.

Keywords:   Dharma, Japanese poetry, offerings, Shinkei, artistic performance, divine response, Shasekishū, Buddha, compassion, generosity

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