TRENSON, Steven

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Name
TRENSON, Steven
Affiliation
Waseda University
Section
Faculty of International Research and Education
Job title
Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D.(Kyoto University), Master's Degree(Kyoto University), Master's Degree(Ghent University)
Research funding number
10595432

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.

Research Areas

 
 

Academic & Professional Experience

 
Apr 2006
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Sep 2008
Lecturer, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
 
Oct 2008
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Aug 2010
JSPS Research Fellow, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University
 
Sep 2010
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Mar 2013
Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Institute for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, Kyoto University
 
Apr 2013
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Mar 2014
Hakubi Fellow, Hakubi Center, Kyoto University
 
Apr 2014
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Mar 2018
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University
 

Education

 
Sep 1994
 - 
Aug 1998
Department of Oriental Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Letters, Ghent University
 
Apr 2000
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Mar 2006
Social Cultural History, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University
 

Published Papers

 
“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

Books etc

 
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 and Tsukimoto Kazutake; tr. Steven Trenson
Maruzen Kyoto Shuppan Sābisu Sentā   2004   ISBN:4944229488;

Conference Activities & Talks

 
“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   7 Nov 2018   Research Center of International Japanese Studies at Hōsei University
Steven Trenson
15th EAJS International Conference   31 Aug 2017   EAJS, New University of Lisbon
“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”   9 Jul 2016   Sophia University
“‘Dhatu-hō kudenshū’ jō chū ge”
Steven Trenson
International Workshop “Buddhist Ceremonies and Space”   3 Oct 2015   Kyoto University
“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]   23 Jan 2015   Waseda University

Research Grants & Projects

 
A Research Study of Medieval Shinto Texts Archived at the Shinpukuji Temple
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Mar 2021
A Research Study of Medieval Shinto Texts Archived at the Shinpukuji Temple
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Mar 2021
Research on the History of Esoteric Buddhist and Shinto Interactions in Medieval Japan
Project Year: Apr 2014 - Mar 2017
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 r...
Research on the History of Esoteric Buddhist and Shinto Interactions in Medieval Japan
Japan society for the Promotion of Science: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Project Year: Apr 2014 - Mar 2017