An important study, useful not only to scholars, but also to advanced students in history and religious studies. Monumenta NipponicaBy identifying key events and turning points in the development of the Yugyô-ha, Thornton describes a historicalMoreAn important study, useful not only to scholars, but also to advanced students in history and religious studies.
�Monumenta NipponicaBy identifying key events and turning points in the development of the Yugyô-ha, Thornton describes a historical process whereby the ongoing charismatic power exchange between the memorialized founder and his community fuels the growth of the latter...Rich in historical detail, nuanced in argument, and original in its approach, Charisma and Community Formation in Medieval Japan: The Case of the Yugyô-ha is a welcome addition to the study of premodern Japanese Buddhism.
�History of ReligionsThe Yugyô-ha achieved success by basing its religious authority on a combination of Pure Land mysticism and the practices of fundraising hijiri. Between 1300 and 1700, the Pure Land Buddhist religious order known as the Ippen school Yugyô-ha (later the Jishu) established itself as the leading representative of nembutsu propagation in Japan.
The theme of the orders history is the development of religious authority as a result of the struggle to normalize relations among the official head, sometimes obstreperous religious, and often interfering (usually warrior) lay patrons. This study demonstrates the value of the articulation in organizational studies of Webers concept of charisma as a successful social relationship as well as that of a chosen career determined by culture and tradition. Indeed, the success of the Yugyô-ha was due to its ability to seize on the advantages of combining the principles and practices of two existing traditions, Pure Land mysticism and the fundraising hijiri movement.