Bernard R. Faure
Bernard Faure's work is consistently creative and insightful, examining the cultural and social history of Japanese religions in their interactions and their social position, focusing particularly on issues of gender and sexuality. He has particularly emphasized the Zen and Tantric schools of Japanese Buddhism. His most recent work examines the appropriation of Shinto deities by Japanese Buddhism, addressing the doctrinal rationales and origins of this phenomenon as well as its social and cultural dynamics. Always connecting his work with cultural theory, Faure is one of the most powerful and prolific scholars of Japanese religions today.