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Suzuki did not describe actual Zen Buddhism but gave normative and idealized versions from within the religious landscape he was actively engaged in constructing. The power to define true Myoshinji Zen is not univocal. In one sense the institution as "inclusive Zen" is like an umbrella. The Hanazono University offers academic education for all students and specialized courses in Zen and Buddhism primarily for those young men aspiring to take over their father's temples. Symbolic identity and transgressing categories are certainly aspects of especially modern Japanese Zen Buddhism. The gozan structure of medieval Japan as well as the rigid systems of the Tokugawa era were periods under which Zen Buddhism flourished. Keeping the balances between exaggerating and ignoring boundaries and diversities according to complex and dynamic relations of agency and practice are Archimedean points of most Buddhist communities and discourses, and certainly also for modern Japanese Zen.

Keywords: Hanazono University; Japanese Zen; medieval Japan; Myoshinji Zen; Zen Buddhism



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