Nehan koshiki


James Blake Wiener
published on 23 January 2018
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The Nehan koshiki (Koshiki on the Buddha's Passing) is written in Chinese but was recited in Japanese. Koshiki were intended to be understood by the listeners. The development of this genre in the late-10th century CE in Japan represents a milestone in the evolution of a liturgy in the vernacular language. The Nehan koshiki contains a musical notation next to the characters for proper chanting. This koshiki is by the Japanese Buddhist monk Myoe (1173–1232 CE), and dates from before 1753 CE. (Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Stanford, California)

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James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of World History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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