Art & Japanese Esoteric Buddhism

Art and Japanese Esoteric Buddhism Study Group examines the Shingon and Tendai schools of Buddhism and its relationship with Japanese artistic traditions. Topics of discussion include the role of temples and monasteries in developing Esoteric art traditions, relationship between pictorial representations and textual practices, role of sacred sites and pilgrimages in the emergence of Esoteric art traditions, popularization of Esoteric Buddhist temples in the early modern period, and comparisons between the Japanese and Chinese Esoteric traditions and practices.