This week: political infighting about purple robes and what it can tell us about Buddhism, political power, and the relationship of religion and the state. Plus, a brief biography of Takuan, a man who is famous for far more than the pickled radishes named after him!
Williams, Duncan. “The Purple Robe Incident and the Formation of the Early Modern Soto Zen Institution.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 36, No 1 (2009).
Haskel, Peter. Sword of Zen: Master Takuan and His Wrigins on Immovable Wisdom and the Sword Taie
Hur, Nam-lin. Death and the Social Order in Tokugawa Japan: Buddhism, Anti-Christianity, and the Danka System.