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  • Copyright: 2013-09-12
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In the religions of the world, there is strongemphasis on the practice of "purification" for the religious transformation ofmind and body in connection with achieving such ultimate objectives asenlightenment and salvation. The contributors discuss the great diversity offorms and meanings with respect to religious transformation in their respectivefields of research. While invoking earlier debates within the study ofreligions and theology on the topic of "purification" the studies in thisvolume penetrate further into the meaning and structure of religioustransformation of mind and body in the religions of the world and opencomparative perspectives on this topic.

Author Biography

Gerhard Marcel Martin is retired Professor for Practical Theology at the University of Marburg, Germany.

Katja Triplett
is Professor for the Study of East Asian Religions at the University of Göttingen, Germany.

Table of Contents

1.Foreword: Masahiko Iburi(President of Tenri University, Japan)2.Preface: Yoshitsugu Sawai(Tenri University, Japan)3.Academic and CulturalExchanges between Tenri University and Marburg University: Retrospect andProspect, Hiroshi Sugai (Tenri University, Japan)4.Purification of the Mindin the History of Religions, Yoshitsugu Sawai (Tenri University, Japan)5.The Religious Circle ofImpurity / Pollution and Purification, Martin Kraatz (Marburg University,Germany)6.Purification andTransformation in Comparative Perspective, Michael Pye (Marburg University,Germany)7.Igatius' SprititualExcersises under the Aspect of Purification, Gerhard Marcel Martin (MarburgUniversity, Germany)8.'Matter out of Place' asa Window into Purification, Saburo Morishita (Tenri University, Japan)9.Negative Theology as'Purification' of Language: Nicolaus Cusanus on Divine Names, Katsumi Shimada (TenriUniversity, Japan)10.Mystical Purification ofthe Mind: Meister Eckhart on Calmness / Gelassenheit,Christoph Elsas (Marburg University, Germany)11.A Genealogy of theDiscourse on Self-cultivation in Modern Japan: New Style for Narrating Buddhismand New Discourse on Religion in Modern Japan, Masahiro Okada (TenriUniversity, Japan)12.Healing Ritualsin Contemporary Japanese Esoteric Buddhism as Acts of Individual and CollectivePurification, Katja Triplett (MarburgUniversity, Germany)13.Purification and Emotion,Jörg Lauster (Marburg University, Germany)14.Purification andSalvation: Rethinking Our Way of Thinking, Motokiyo Fukaya (Tenri University,Japan)15.Fasting. Reflecting onthe History and the Contemporary Renewal of a Christian Exercise, UlrikeWagner-Rau (Marburg University, Germany)16.From 'Purifying' to'Having Been Purified': Tenrikyo Practice of Purification,Shugo Yamanaka (Tenri University, Japan)17.Penance as a Ritual forPurification: Conceptual Transformation of Christian Sacrament in Early ModernJapan, Ikuo Higashibaba (Tenri University, Japan)18.Karma-yoga asSelf-Purification through Service for Others: A Case of Ramakrishna Movement,Midori Horiuchi (Tenri University, Japan)ConclusionsBibliography

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