GYŌKI AND THE GYŌKI NENPU.
Kevin Ernest Wilson
A Thesis Presented to the
FACULTY OF THE USC GRADUATE SCHOOL
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
In Partial Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the Degree
MASTER OF ARTS
Copyright 2010 Kevin Ernest Wilson
Gyōki (668-749) is one of the most well known figures in Japanese Buddhism. He was a monk who performed many charitable actions, including building temples, roadside shelters, bridges, and irrigation works in the central provinces of early Japan. In this paper I present the first full-length English translation of the only document that lists all of Gyōki's charitable works, the Gyōki Nenpu (Chronology of Gyoki). This document, which was compiled by Izumi no Kochi in 1175, also contains various legends associated with Gyōki. In the introduction to the translation I examine the Chronology and its contents, as well as some of the current research surrounding the Nenpu, in an attempt to better understand not only the motivations and intent of its compiler but also the difficulties associated with this extremely complex text.