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Pure Land Buddhism And Creative Arts

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This chapter, which explores the role played by Pure Land Buddhism in the field of creative arts and aesthetics, is mainly focused on two influential and famous Japanese personalities, the woodblock artist Munakata Shiko and Yanagi Muneyoshi, the founder of the mingei movement and art critic. In particular, the idea of tariki, other-power, is considered here as an inspirational creative force and, together with other elements of Pure Land Buddhism, as a basis for the development of a Buddhist aesthetics which provided further support to Yanagi's mingei theory. The last section is dedicated to visual representations of the Pure Land as found in contemporary works of art both within and outside Japan, and presented in different environments both inside and outside temples, such as the installation entitled "Pure Land" by Mori Mariko, a Japanese multimedia artist who lives between Japan and the United States.

Keywords: Buddhist aesthetics; contemporary Japanese art; mingei theory; Mori Mariko; Munakata Shikō; pure land Buddhism; tariki; woodblock artist; Yanagi Muneyoshi



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