Author Archives: Malika Watson

Water as a symbol of purification

“Water austerities (suigyo) of various forms are used throughout the Japanese religious world: the yamabushi immerse themselves in the Doro river during their mountain pilgrimages to Kumano, the Buddhist ascetics of Hiei stand under waterfalls, and many of the founders … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Cult of Kukai

We have spent a lot of time in class discussing the “cult” of Kukai, and also the nature of “religions” and “cults” in general. I would like to ask whether Shingon Buddhists and/or Kukai’s followers and fans are members of … Continue reading Continue reading

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