David Quinter, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - East Asian Studies Dept

Contact

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - East Asian Studies Dept
Email
quinter@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 248-1202
Address
3-03 Pembina Hall
8921 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H8

Overview

Research

Research Areas and Interests

My area of research specialization is East Asian religions, with a focus on medieval Japanese Buddhism. In broad terms, my research examines the interweaving of narratives, rituals, and images in devotional cults and the life portraits of charismatic practitioners. Particular interests center on the Shingon Ritsu movement (also known as the Saidaiji order) founded by Eison (1201-90) and Ninshō (1217-1303); medieval Nara Buddhism more broadly; the Manjusri cult in China and Japan; Buddhist devotional cults across Asia; and outcasts (hinin), discrimination, and social welfare in Japanese religion. An emerging area of research interest for me is the study of “lived religion” in Asia and the West in both methodological and empirical terms.


Publications

Books

From Outcasts to Emperors: Shingon Ritsu and the Mañjuśrī Cult in Medieval Japan. Brill’s Japanese Studies Library. Leiden: Brill, 2015.

http://www.brill.com/products/book/outcasts-emperors-shingon-ritsu-and-manjusri-cult-medieval-japan

Articles

“Moving Monks and Mountains: Chōgen and the Cults of Gyōki, Mañjuśrī, and Wutai.” Studies in Chinese Religions 5, no. 3-4 (2019): 391-414.

“Eison.” In Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism, Vol. 2, Lives, edited by Jonathan Silk et al., 944–50. Leiden: Brill, 2019.

“Mañjuśrī in East Asia.” In Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism, Vol. 2, Lives, edited by Jonathan Silk et al., 591–99. Leiden: Brill, 2019.

“Mantras and Materialities: Saidaiji Order Kōmyō Shingon Practices.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 45, no. 2 (2018): 309–40.

“Visualization/Contemplation Sutras.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism. Ed. Richard Payne. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018 (updated version).

http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195393521/obo-9780195393521-0137.xml

“Materializing and Performing Prajñā: Jōkei’s Mañjuśrī Faith and the Kasagidera Restoration.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 43, no. 1 (2016): 17–54.

“Localizing Strategies: Eison and the Shōtoku Taishi Cult.” Monumenta Nipponica 69, no. 2 (2014): 153–219.

“Relics.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism. Ed. Richard Payne. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195393521/obo-9780195393521-0196.xml

“Women, Gender, and Nara Buddhism: Reflections on Lori Meeks, Hokkeji and the Reemergence of Female Monastic Orders in Premodern Japan, University of Hawai‘i Press, 2010.” Translated into Japanese by Kikuchi Hiroki. Nihon bukkyō sōgō kenkyū (Interdisciplinary Studies of Japanese Buddhism) 10 (2012): 181-98.

“Invoking the Mother of Awakening: An Investigation of Jōkei’s and Eison’s Monju kōshiki.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 38, no. 2 (2011): 263-302.

“Visualizing the Mañjuśrī Parinirvāṇa Sutra as a Contemplation Sutra.” Asia Major, 3d series, 23, part 2 (2010): 97-128.

“Emulation and Erasure: Eison, Ninshō, and the Gyōki Cult.” Eastern Buddhist, n.s., 39, no. 1 (2008): 29-60.

“Creating Bodhisattvas: Eison, Hinin, and the ‘Living Mañjuśrī.’” Monumenta Nipponica 62, no. 4 (2007): 437-79.


Teaching

Teaching Areas

East Asian religions; Japanese religion and culture; Buddhism

Featured Courses

EASIA 223 East Asian Religions

EASIA 323 Topics in East Asian Religions: Edo and Modern Japanese Religions

EASIA 423/JAPAN 523 Topics in Japanese Religions: Buddhism, Shinto, Gender

RELIG 240 Introduction to Buddhism

RELIG 343 Zen/Chan Buddhism

RELIG 442/542 Advanced Studies in Buddhism: Visual and Material Culture


Announcements

We welcome applications from potential graduate students in East Asian religions and Buddhism in both the Department of East Asian Studies and the Interdisciplinary Program in Religious Studies (I have a 50/50 joint appointment and can supervise graduate students in East Asian religions, especially Buddhism, through either program). We have particular strengths in the study of premodern Japanese religions and Japanese Buddhism.

More information about our MA program in East Asian Studies can be found here:

https://www.ualberta.ca/east-asian-studies/graduate-program

https://www.ualberta.ca/east-asian-studies/graduate-program/admission-and-application

https://www.ualberta.ca/east-asian-studies/graduate-program/funding


More information about our MA and PhD programs in Religious Studies can be found here:

https://www.ualberta.ca/interdisciplinary-studies/religious-studies/rs-grad

https://www.ualberta.ca/interdisciplinary-studies/religious-studies/rs-grad/rs-masters

https://www.ualberta.ca/interdisciplinary-studies/religious-studies/rs-grad/rs-phd

https://www.ualberta.ca/interdisciplinary-studies/religious-studies/funding-and-awards


Courses

EASIA 223 - East Asian Religions

Survey of the major religious traditions of China, Japan, and Korea.


EASIA 423 - Topics in Japanese Religions

May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: *3 from EASIA 223, EASIA 323, or RELIG 240, or consent of the Department.


JAPAN 523 - Topics in Japanese Religions

Prerequisite: Consent of the Department. May be repeated for credit when course content differs.


RELIG 240 - Introduction to Buddhism

A study of the emergence of Buddhism as a religion, its basic ideas, spirituality, and literature.


RELIG 343 - Zen/Chan Buddhism

A study of the history of Zen/Chan Buddhism in China and Japan in terms of the major movements, their main figures, and samples of the representative texts. Prerequisite: RELIG 240 or EASIA 223, or consent of Instructor.


RELIG 542 - Studies in Buddhism

May be repeated for credit when course content differs.


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