Vincent Breugem F'16

Vincent  Breugem
Independent Scholar
last updated: 4/1/2020

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies 2016
Independent Scholar
Darumashu: Japan's Forgotten Zen School
the Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of London

This project focuses on a pioneering Zen movement known as Darumashū (School of Bodhidharma), founded by the monk Dainichibō Nōnin (fl. 1189). Though a central agent of early Zen in Japan, the Darumashū was later dismissed as heterodox by competing Buddhist groups, and consigned to the margins of the historical narrative. Using long-neglected sources and recently discovered documents the project uncovers the doctrinal and ritual dimensions of the Darumashū, and reinserts the movement into medieval Buddhist history and discourse.