TRENSON, Steven

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Affiliation

Faculty of International Research and Education, School of International Liberal Studies

Job title

Associate Professor

Profile

My research focuses on the history of esoteric Buddhism (mikkyō) in Japan, in particular on the interaction between esoteric Buddhism and Shinto in the premodern period. In the past few years, I have examined various beliefs and practices related to dragon deities and established their primary position, both in terms of doctrine and practice, in medieval Shingon Buddhism. My current research project involves a reassessment of medieval Shinto from the point of view of esoteric Buddhist dragon cults. Apart from this research, I also investigate the relationship between Buddhist thought and Japanese traditional arts.

Education 【 display / non-display

  • 2000.04
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    2006.03

    Kyoto University   Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies   Social Cultural History  

  • 2000.04
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    2006.03

    Kyoto University   Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies   Social Cultural History  

  • 1994.09
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    1998.08

    Ghent University   Faculty of Letters   Department of Oriental Languages and Cultures  

Degree 【 display / non-display

  • Ghent University   Master's Degree

  • Kyoto University   Master's Degree

  • Kyoto University   Ph.D.

Research Experience 【 display / non-display

  • 2014.04
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    2018.03

    Hiroshima University   Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences   Associate Professor

  • 2013.04
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    2014.03

    Kyoto University   Hakubi Center   Hakubi Fellow

  • 2010.09
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    2013.03

    Kyoto University   Institute for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education   Specially Appointed Associate Professor

  • 2008.10
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    2010.08

    Kyoto University   Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies   JSPS Research Fellow

  • 2008.10
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    2010.08

    Kyoto University   Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies   JSPS Research Fellow

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Research Areas 【 display / non-display

  • Religious studies

  • Chinese philosophy, Indian philosophy and Buddhist philosophy

  • Chinese philosophy, Indian philosophy and Buddhist philosophy

  • Japanese history

Research Interests 【 display / non-display

  • Medieval Shinto

  • History of Japanese Buddhism

  • History of Japanese Religions

Papers 【 display / non-display

  • “A Study on the Combination of the Deities Fudō and Aizen in Medieval Shingon Esoteric Buddhism.”

    Steven Trenson

    Buddhist Encounters and Identities Across East Asia, edited by Ann Heirman, Carmen Meinert, and Christoph Anderl     108 - 136  2018

  • “Heike-nōkyō kyōbako ishō no ichikōsatsu: Daigoji no ryūjin shinkō no shiza yori”

    Steven Trenson

    Ningen bunka kenkyū   9   1 - 20  2017

  • “Cutting Serpents: Esoteric Buddhist Dimensions of the Classical Martial Art of Drawing the Sword.”

    Steven Trenson

    Analecta Nipponica   4   31 - 51  2015

  • “Shingon Divination Board Rituals and Rainmaking.”

    Steven Trenson

    Cahiers d’Extrême Asie   21   107 - 134  2013

  • “Daigoji ni okeru kiu no kakuritsu to Seiryūshin shinkō”

    Steven Trenson

    Girei no chikara: Chūsei shūkyō no jissen sekai, edited by Lucia Dolce and Matsumoto Ikuyo     231 - 270  2010

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Books and Other Publications 【 display / non-display

  • Kiu, hōju, ryū: Chūsei Shingon mikkyō no shinsō

    Steven Trenson

    Kyoto Daigaku Gakujutsu Shuppankai  2016 ISBN: 9784814000197

  • Musō Jikiden Eishin-Ryū: The Iai Forms and Oral Traditions of the Yamauchi Branch

    Yamakoshi Masaki, Tsukimoto Kazutake, tr. Steven Trenson

    Maruzen Kyoto Shuppan Sābisu Sentā  2004 ISBN: 4944229488

Research Projects 【 display / non-display

  • A Research Study of Medieval Shinto Texts Archived at the Shinpukuji Temple

    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)

    Project Year :

    2018.04
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    2021.03
     

  • A Research Study of Medieval Shinto Texts Archived at the Shinpukuji Temple

    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)

    Project Year :

    2018.04
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    2021.03
     

  • Research on the History of Esoteric Buddhist and Shinto Interactions in Medieval Japan

    Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)

    Project Year :

    2014.04
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    2017.03
     

     View Summary

    This research project focused on the history of esoteric Buddhist and Shinto interactions in medieval Japan from the viewpoint of dragon cults. During the medieval period, kami cults combined with esoteric Buddhist thought in various ways, which resulted in the formation of a number of medieval Shinto lineages. However, there are still many unsolved issues regarding the historical processes behind the establishment of medieval Shinto. The current scholarly consensus is that medieval Shinto first emerged in the area around the Ise shrines and then from there spread to other places such as Mount Muro and Mount Miwa. The present research, however, started out from the observation that medieval Shinto is largely founded on dragon beliefs and therefore reconsidered a number of medieval Shinto issues from the perspective of Daigoji's dragon cult. As a result, it was clarified that Daigoji's esotericism had an important influence on the development of medieval Shinto

  • Research on the History of Esoteric Buddhist and Shinto Interactions in Medieval Japan

    Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)

    Project Year :

    2014.04
    -
    2017.03
     

     View Summary

    This research project focused on the history of esoteric Buddhist and Shinto interactions in medieval Japan from the viewpoint of dragon cults. During the medieval period, kami cults combined with esoteric Buddhist thought in various ways, which resulted in the formation of a number of medieval Shinto lineages. However, there are still many unsolved issues regarding the historical processes behind the establishment of medieval Shinto. The current scholarly consensus is that medieval Shinto first emerged in the area around the Ise shrines and then from there spread to other places such as Mount Muro and Mount Miwa. The present research, however, started out from the observation that medieval Shinto is largely founded on dragon beliefs and therefore reconsidered a number of medieval Shinto issues from the perspective of Daigoji's dragon cult. As a result, it was clarified that Daigoji's esotericism had an important influence on the development of medieval Shinto

Presentations 【 display / non-display

  • “Kome, shari, hōju: Chūsei Nihon no Mikkyō ni okeru kometsubu no ējenshī to nettowāku.”

    Steven Trenson

    Public Seminar organized by the Research Center of International Japanese Studies at Hōsei University  (Tokyo)  Research Center of International Japanese Studies at Hōsei University

    Presentation date: 2018.11

  • "Rice, Relics, and Stūpas: The Sacredness of Rice Grains in Medieval Japanese Esoteric Buddhist Practice."

    Steven Trenson

    15th EAJS International Conference  (Lisbon)  EAJS, New University of Lisbon

    Presentation date: 2017.08

  • “The Universe Inside a Rice Bowl: Prolegomena to the Sacredness of Rice Grains in Medieval Japanese Esoteric Buddhism.”

    Steven Trenson

    Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture workshop “Rites, Rice, and Rokuji Myōō”  (Tokyo)  Sophia University

    Presentation date: 2016.07

  • “‘Dhatu-hō kudenshū’ jō chū ge”

    Steven Trenson

    International Workshop “Buddhist Ceremonies and Space”  (Kyoto)  Kyoto University

    Presentation date: 2015.10

  • “Chūsei Shingon mikkyō kiuhō no shari/hōju shinkō to chūsei shintō to no kankei wo megutte.”

    Steven Trenson

    “Tabunya fukugō no shikaku kara mita Nihon bukkyō kokusaiteki kenkyū” [International research on Japanese Buddhism from a multi-disciplinary perspective]  (Tokyo)  Waseda University

    Presentation date: 2015.01

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Specific Research 【 display / non-display

  • 中世神道の源流に関する一考察ー大嘗祭と鎮魂祭を手掛かりとしてー

    2018  

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    本研究では鎮魂祭(大嘗祭)を中心に中世の密教と神道の交渉について考究した。古代の大嘗祭では稲の霊魂が重要視されていたようである。また、一説では大嘗祭で天皇霊が新しい生命力を浴びるとされている。中世には、神道の鎮魂祭が陰陽道の招魂祭とほぼ同じような機能を果たしていたが、招魂祭は密教の招魂延命法とも関係を結んでいた。それらの儀礼では人から遊離する魂を呼び戻すことによってその人の息災延命が祈願されていたが、いずれの儀礼でも「衣」と「米」が重要な要素であった。特に、招魂祭において衣に米の嚢が附けられていたことは興味深い。「米」を軸として上記の三つの儀礼が思想的に繋がれていたと推察されるのである。

 

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