search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - MICHAEL SASO

PF (1986)

Fellow Information:
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
University of Hawaii
Professor Emeritus
Contact Address:
Address Type
Address 1
1250 Long Beach Avenue Studio 223
Address 2 (optional)
(Beijing, Zuo-an Men; Kyoto, Tohgendo Museum)
Los Angeles
Zip Code
United States
213 595-5650
*Survey URL
1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: A. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies at a university or research institution.

Field of Study: Philosophy & Religion

2. Please describe what you are currently doing. (If you have your own website or any relevant site, provide its URL.)

Answer: Preparing a detailed translation of the Tendai Shido Kegyo; preparing a 3 volume catalogue of sacred art in the Tohgendo Museum Collection, Sanjo-doori, Kyoto; opening a Buddhist and Daoist research center and library in Los Angeles, to facilitate an exchange of ideas and research interests/results.

3. Where did you acquire your most advanced Japanese language training for your research?

Answer: A. I learned it at a university. (kyoto University)

4. Have you ever participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme?

Answer: NO

Optional Inquiry:
1. Please describe briefly how the Japan Foundation Fellowship experience influenced your career.

Answer: I received a two year Japan Foundation Grant between 1986-88, during which time the Hieizan Ajari Rev. Ikuta Koken Sensei explained the Kuden as well as the manner of performing the Juhachi-do, Taizo-kai, Kongo-kai, and Goma, in the Homan Ryu tradition; the results of this scholarly work, and deeply moving experience were published in 1991, "Homa Rites and Mandala Meditation in Tendai Buddhism", Delhi: Aditya Press, Sata-Pitaka Series Vol. 362. A shorter version was published, University of Hawaii Press in 1992; both editions, explaining the practice of Mikyo in Japan today, are still in use. The Tendai rites are shared by the Daoist Qingwei (Tantric) tradiiton of orthodox Daoism in China, is the result of further study until today..

2. The Japan Foundation is planning to create a network or forum among past Japan Foundation fellows. Please let us know if you have any suggestions in terms of themes, format, etc.

Answer: A forum to meet, share our continuing research interests, after receiving the Japan Foundation Grant, would indeed be very welcome. The newly formed Daoist and Buddhist Study Center here in Los Angeles can facilitate such an exchange, arrange a venue to meet, and so forth; ,y address and phone number above is is the present location for this center; it would be an honor to help facilitate the meetings.