Stephan Kigensan Licha F'14

Stephan Kigensan Licha
Postdoctoral Fellow
Indian and Buddhist Studies
University of Tokyo, Japan
last updated: 4/1/2020

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies 2014
Postdoctoral Fellow
East Asian Philosophy
Waseda University, Japan
A Common Transmission Within the Teachings - Zen in Tendai Oral Transmission Materials
the Department of Indian and Buddhist Studies at the University of Tokyo

This project investigates discourses on “Zen” in a little studied corpus of medieval Japanese Tendai texts known as “Tendai oral transmissions”. It seeks to challenge the notion of a coherent and exclusive Zen orthodoxy in pre-modern Japan by understanding “Zen” as a label applied to various approaches to Buddhist practice and appropriated by numerous actors rather than teleologically identifying it with what would only later reify into the institutions of “orthodox Zen”. Leading to a fuller understanding of the evolving rather than static nature of the category “Zen”, it will contribute to a wider methodological debate regarding sectarian and canonical categories and their uses in East Asian Buddhist historiography.