Since the advent of Buddhism in ancient India, Buddhist relics have been used to confer religious legitimacy and the right to rulership. In premodern Japan, relic worship took on its own subtleties, which can be read through extant visual, textual, and musical culture from this period. Using interdisciplinary methods and a wide range of sources, this conference seeks to illuminate how the bones of the Buddhist dead were worshipped, enshrined, and written about by lay and monastic communities in premodern Japan. The papers presented will address relic worship in relation to Shakyamuni worship, relics in soundscapes of sacred music, and the enshrinement of relics in material culture. These talks are meant to facilitate interdisciplinary and nuanced discussions, across various fields of Japanese studies, around the multidimensionality of relic worship in Japan’s religious landscape. The keynote speaker will be Bernard Faure, Kao Professor of Japanese Religion, at Columbia University.
Keynote Speech: Friday, April 29th, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Conference: Saturday, April 30th, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
In-person for members of the Yale community (please note seperate registrations for the Keynote Speech and the Conference):
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