PhD Candidate, Frank Clements, travels to the mountains of Japan on ascetic research trip
Frank Clements' dissertation, which focuses on the Shugendô religious tradition, recently led him to the mountains of Japan for hands-on research. Shugendô blends esoteric Buddhism, Daoism, and Shinto into a complex tradition of mountain austerities and other related practices. Clements, an East Asian Languages and Civilizations doctoral student, took part in a three-day retreat at a pilgrim lodge in Haguro in Northeastern Japan. During the retreat, Clements sought spiritual and personal enlightenment, eschewing everyday creature comforts.