The Priest and His Disciples (Shaw Translation)

Hyakuzō KURATA (1891 - 1943), translated by Glenn William SHAW (1886 - 1961)

At the age of twenty-six (at the height of the Great War in Europe), the religious pilgrim and maverick Kurata Hyakuzō wrote a profoundly philosophical play called "The Priest & His Disciples" ("Shukke to sono deshi"). This stage play is based on the life and teachings of the 13th century Buddhist priest Shinran (1173-1263) and quickly became immensely popular. Shinran, the historical founder of the True Pure Land School of Buddhism (Jōdo Shinshū), encounters the poor family of Hino Saemon and his wife Okane, and converses with them about how to live in circumstances of change and turmoil and hardship. Most of the ideas represented as Shinran's are really Kurata's own philosophies, an amalgam of Eastern and Western ideas adapted by his own iconoclastic spirit to the tumultuous times of early twentieth-century Japan. - Summary by Expatriate

Genre(s): Drama, Modern, Other religions

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Translator's Introduction Expatriate
00:07:58
Play 01 Induction Expatriate
00:13:06
Play 02 Act I, Scene 1 Expatriate
00:28:09
Play 03 Act I, Scene 2a Expatriate
00:19:01
Play 04 Act I, Scene 2b Expatriate
00:20:26
Play 05 Act IIa Expatriate
00:23:30
Play 06 Act IIb Expatriate
00:23:25
Play 07 Act III, Scene 1 Expatriate
00:28:18
Play 08 Act III, Scene 2 Expatriate
00:25:05
Play 09 Act IV, Scene 1 Expatriate
00:26:37
Play 10 Act IV, Scene 2 Expatriate
00:27:56
Play 11 Act V, Scene 1 Expatriate
00:24:25
Play 12 Act V, Scene 2 Expatriate
00:29:41
Play 13 Act VI, Scene 1 Expatriate
00:08:49
Play 14 Act VI, Scene 2 Expatriate
00:20:51
Play 15 Act VI, Scene 3 Expatriate
00:05:03
Play 16 Act VI, Scene 4 Expatriate
00:11:52