- 東アジア文化交渉研究 (ISSN:18827748)
- vol.2, pp.31-45, 2009-03-31
In medieval society in Japan, Zen monks played an important role in cultural interactions in East Asia. In the late 13th to 14th centuries, there were Five Great Zen Temples both in Kyoto and Kamakura, and the activities of Zen monks were expanded. The Five Great Zen Temples house a large amount of books from China. I chose the books housed in Tofuku-ji Temple and analyzed their contents. In addition, I also chose Shushin Gidoh as the topic of my research and considered the greatness of the influence he had on the policymakers, such as people surrounding the Kamakura shoguns and Ashikaga shoguns by specifying the books he read and his lecture activities. Furthermore, I clarified the meanings that the relationship between Buddhism and Confucianism preached by Zen monks had on Japanese society, and the influence of the cultures of the continent including Zen sects on Muromachi culture through noh plays.