Also available as an eBook from Apple iTunes.
Modern Buddhism in Japan is a collection of essays on the development of Buddhism in Japan in response to the West during the “modern” period from the time of the Meiji Restoration to the end of World War II (1868–1945). From Shin Buddhists and the Japanese enlightenment movement to Kaneko Daiei’s struggle to establish a modern Shin Buddhist Studies; the “New Buddhism” movement; the role of Buddhism in the development of modern education and the impact of religiously affiliated universities; Suzuki Daisetsu’s association with Swedenborg; the tragic story of a Shin priest falsely accused of a plot to assassinate the Emperor—these themes and more are studied from the perspectives of intellectual history, education, politics, Buddhist studies, and institutional authority.
(Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, 2014)
Available for downloading:
- Editors’ Introduction: Studies on Modern Buddhism in Contemporary Japan
- Mick Deneckere: Shin Buddhist Contributions to the Japanese Enlightenment Movement of the Early 1870s
- Ōtani Eiichi: The Movement Called “New Buddhism” in Meiji Japan
- Tanigawa Yutaka: The Age of Teaching: Buddhism, the Proselytization of Citizens, the Cultivation of Monks, and the Education of Laypeople during the Formative Period of Modern Japan
- Yoshinaga Shin’ichi: Suzuki Daisetsu and Swedenborg: A Historical Background
- Paul L. Swanson: Takagi Kenmyō and Buddhist Socialism: A Meiji Misfit and Martyr
- Hayashi Makoto: Religious Studies and Religiously Affiliated Universities
- Jeff Schroeder: The Insect in the Lion’s Body: Kaneko Daiei and the Question of Authority in Modern Buddhism