Ryuichi Abe

Biography

Ryūichi Abe ((in Japan), b. 1954) may be the Reischauer Institute Teacher of Japanese Religions at Harvard University or college. Until Might 2004, he was Teacher of Japanese Religions in the departments of Religious beliefs and East Asian Dialects and Tradition at Columbia University or college. Teacher Abe, through his teaching and books, has produced a significant contribution towards the Western knowledge of Buddhism in Japan. His publication on Kūkai, The Weaving of Mantra: Kūkai as well as the Building of Esoteric Buddhist Discourse, underscores Kūkai’s effect on 9th hundred years Japanese society. At the same time when Confucian discourse dominated Japan, Kūkai created a “tone of voice” for Buddhism. He in addition has discussed Ryōkan and Saichō. He received his bachelor’s level in economics from Keio University or college and his master’s level from College of Advanced International Affairs, Johns Hopkins University or college. Then received his M.Phil and Ph.D in spiritual research from Columbia University or college. In 1991 he started teaching at Columbia, and in 1998 became the Kao Affiliate Teacher of Japanese Religions. He’s a receiver of the Philip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for recognized teaching.

Books

The Weaving of Mantra : Kūkai as well as the Building of Esoteric Buddhist Discourse. 1999. Great Fool: Zen Grasp Ryokan: Poems, Characters, and Additional Writings (with Peter Haskel). 1996. Saicho and Kukai: A Discord of Interpretations. Japanese Journal of Spiritual Studies. Springtime 1995, 22/1–2

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