Name

TRENSON, Steven

Official Title

Associate Professor

AffiliationFaculty of International Research and Education

(School of International Liberal Studies)

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.

Contact Information

Mail Address

Mail Address
st_trenson@waseda.jp

Address・Phone Number・Fax Number

Address
1-6-1 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8050, Japan

Educational background・Degree

Educational background

2000/04 -2006/03 Kyoto University Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies Social Cultural History
1994/09 -1998/08 Ghent University Faculty of Letters Department of Oriental Languages and Cultures

Degree

Ph.D. Kyoto University Japanese history

Master's Degree Kyoto University Japanese history

Master's Degree Ghent University Chinese philosophy/Indian philosophy/Buddhist studies

Career

2014/04-2018/03Hiroshima UniversityGraduate School of Integrated Arts and SciencesAssociate Professor
2013/04-2014/03Kyoto UniversityHakubi CenterHakubi Fellow
2010/09-2013/03Kyoto UniversityInstitute for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher EducationSpecially Appointed Associate Professor
2008/10-2010/08Kyoto UniversityGraduate School of Human and Environmental StudiesJSPS Research Fellow
2006/04-2008/09Kyoto University of Foreign StudiesFaculty of Foreign StudiesLecturer

Academic Society Joined

Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS)

Nihon Bukkyō Sōgō Kenkyū Gakkai

International Shinto Studies Association

Nihon Komonjo Gakkai

Research Field

Keywords

History of Japanese Religions,History of Japanese Buddhism,Medieval Shinto

Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research classification

Humanities / History / Japanese history

Humanities / History / Chinese philosophy/Indian philosophy/Buddhist studies

Humanities / History / Religious studies

Paper

“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 p.108 - 1362018-

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

Steven Trenson

Ningen bunka kenkyū 9p.1 - 202017-

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

Steven Trenson

Analecta Nipponica 4p.31 - 512015-

“Shingon Divination Board Rituals and Rainmaking.”

Steven Trenson

Cahiers d’Extrême Asie 21p.107 - 1342013-

“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 p.231 - 2702010-

“Shinsen’en ni okeru Shingon mikkyō kiuhō no rekishi to Zennyo ryūō no densetsu”

Ajia Yūgaku (Intriguing ASIA) 79p.72 - 952005-

“Une analyse critique de l'histoire du Shōugyō-hō et du Kujakukyō-hō: rites ésotériques de la pluie dans le Japon de l'époque de Heian.”

Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie 13p.455 - 4952003-

“Shōugyōhō to Kujakukyōhō no kenkyū: Shinsen’en ni okeru Kujakukyōhō jisshūsetsu he no gimon”

Bukkyō shigaku kenkyū 46(2) p.23 - 482003-

Books And Publication

Kiu, hōju, ryū: Chūsei Shingon mikkyō no shinsō

Steven Trenson

Kyoto Daigaku Gakujutsu Shuppankai2016-2016

LINK

Detali

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 Sentā2004-2004

LINK

Detali

ISBN:4944229488;

Lecture And Oral

“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(Research Center of International Japanese Studies at Hōsei University)2018/11/07

Detail

Oral presentation(general)Venue:Tokyo

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

Steven Trenson

15th EAJS International Conference(EAJS, New University of Lisbon)2017/08/31

Detail

International conferenceSymposium workshop panel(nominated)Venue: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”(Sophia University)2016/07/09

Detail

National conferenceOral presentation(general)Venue:Tokyo

“‘Dhatu-hō kudenshū’ jō chū ge”

Steven Trenson

International Workshop “Buddhist Ceremonies and Space”(Kyoto University)2015/10/03

Detail

International conferenceOral presentation(general)Venue:Kyoto

“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](Waseda University)2015/01/23

Detail

National conferenceOral presentation(general)Venue:Tokyo

“The Concept of the ‘Mother of All the Buddhas’ in Medieval Shingon Esoteric Buddhism: Some Universal and Particular Aspects.”

Steven Trenson

International Conference “Bouddhisme et universalisme – Bukkyō to fuhen shugi”(EFEO Kyoto Office)2014/10/05

Detail

International conferenceOral presentation(general)Venue:Kyoto

“‘Living Buddhas’: The Story of the Self-mummifying Ascetics at Mount Yudono.”

Steven Trenson

International Conference “The Processes of Dying in the Ancient Greek World”(Kyoto University)2014/09/01

Detail

International conferenceOral presentation(general)Venue:Kyoto

“A New Perspective on the Historical Emergence of the Tripartite Wish-fulfilling Jewel Cult in Medieval Shingon Buddhism.”

Steven Trenson

The 14th International Conference of EAJS(University of Ljubljana)2014/08/29

Detail

International conferenceOral presentation(general)Venue:Ljubljana

“The Place and Significance of the Esoteric Rain Ritual in Medieval Shingon Tradition.”

Steven Trenson

Workshop "New Directions in Medieval and Early Japan Studies"(University of Southern California)2014/04/04

Detail

Oral presentation(general)Venue:Los Angeles

“Chūsei Shingon mikkyō ni okeru sanzon keishiki no shari/hōjuhō no kigen ni tsuite.”

Steven Trenson

Society of the History of Buddhism(Ryūkoku University)2014/02/15

Detail

Oral presentation(general)Venue:Kyoto

“On the Roots of the Non-dualism of Aizen and Fudō in Medieval Shingon Buddhism.”

Steven Trenson

International Conference "Network and Identity: Exchange Relations between China and the World"(Ghent University)2013/12/19

Detail

International conferenceOral presentation(general)Venue:Ghent

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

Steven Trenson

International Conference "Japanese Civilization: Tokens and Manifestations"(Manggha Museum)2013/11/15

Detail

International conferenceOral presentation(general)Venue:Krakow

“Interpretations and Transformations of ‘the Mother of all the Buddhas’ in Medieval Shingon Buddhism.”

Steven Trenson

(SOAS)2013/03/14

Detail

Oral presentation(general)Venue:London

“The Primary Icon in Enthronement Initiation Rituals of Daigoji.”

Steven Trenson

"Buddhist Dynamics in East Asian Religions", a Columbia University graduate student conference(Columbia University)2011/06/18

Detail

International conferenceOral presentation(general)Venue:Kyoto

“Divination Board Rituals in Medieval Japan: From the Perspective of Rain Prayers in Shingon Buddhism.”

Steven Trenson

Kyoto Lectures(EFEO / ISEAS)2009/10/22

Detail

Oral presentation(general)Venue:Kyoto

“Shingon Rain Rituals and Dragon Cults: A Case of Onmyōdō-Mikkyō Interrelation.”

Steven Trenson

International Onmyōdō Conference(Columbia University)2009/05/02

Detail

International conferenceOral presentation(general)Venue:New York

“Daigoji ni okeru kiu no kakuritsu to Seiryō Gongen shinkō wo megutte”

Steven Trenson

(Heian-kyō Bunka Kenkyūkai)2008/03/16

Detail

Oral presentation(general)Venue:Kyoto

“Daigoji, Esoteric Rainmaking Rituals, and the Dragon Lady Seiryō”

Steven Trenson

COE / CSJR International Symposium "The Power of Ritual"(Ritsumeikan University (Art Research Center))2006/09/15

Detail

International conferenceOral presentation(general)Venue:Kyoto

“Shinsen’en ni okeru kiu no rekishi to Zennyo ryūō shinkō”

Steven Trenson

Inter-university Symposium Japan-Europe "The Frontiers and the Creation of Japanese Culture - Men, Deities and Buddhas"(Nagoya University)2005/03/03

Detail

International conferenceOral presentation(general)Venue:Nagoya

“Tōmitsu kiu girei ni kansuru shiryō no rekishiteki hihanteki bunseki no kekka ni tsuite.”

Steven Trenson

Society of the History of Buddhism(Ryūkoku University)2003/01/25

Detail

Oral presentation(general)Venue:Kyoto

"Shōugyōhō no kenkyū: Sono Nihonteki jisshi to rekishi”

Steven Trenson

(Kōyasan University, Research Institute of Esoteric Buddhist Culture)2002/02/12

Detail

Oral presentation(general)Venue:Kōyasan

Research Grants & Projects

Grant-in-aids for Scientific Research Adoption Situation

Research Classification:Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)

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

2018/04-2021/03

Research Classification:Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)

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

2014/04-2017/03

Research Classification:

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

2018/-0-2021/-0

Allocation Class:¥4420000

Research Classification:

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

2014/-0-2017/-0

Allocation Class:¥3510000

Lecture Course

Course TitleSchoolYearTerm
First Year Seminar IB 52School of International Liberal Studies2018fall semester
First Year Seminar IIB 04School of International Liberal Studies2018spring semester
Intermediate Seminar 24School of International Liberal Studies2018spring semester
Introduction to Buddhism 51School of International Liberal Studies2018fall semester
Religions and Culture in Japan 51School of International Liberal Studies2018fall semester
Buddhism in Japan 01School of International Liberal Studies2018spring semester
Seminar on Philosophy and Religion 53School of International Liberal Studies2018fall semester