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Immigrants to the Pure LandThe Modernization, Acculturation, and Globalization of Shin Buddhism, 1898-1941$
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Michihiro Ama

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834388

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834388.001.0001

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Changes in Organizational Style

Changes in Organizational Style

(p.31) Chapter Two Changes in Organizational Style
Immigrants to the Pure Land

Michihiro Ama

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter analyzes the development of the Honpa Honganji Mission of Hawaii (HHMH) and the Buddhist Mission of North America (BMNA). Shin Buddhism spread in Hawaii and North America as an “organized religion” with headquarters in Kyoto. On that note, the initial goals of the HHMH and the BMNA reflected the strategy of a Japanese headquarters for overseas operations. In Hawaii, ministers promoted their sectarian teaching to Japanese immigrants and aimed to introduce it to Caucasians, whereas on the mainland, their counterparts spread Śākyamuni’s teachings to Euro-Americans while catering to the conventional demands of immigrants. These differences are clearly shown in the documents of incorporation and the various by-laws of these different entities.

Keywords:   Honpa Honganji Mission of Hawaii, Buddhist Mission of North America, HHMH, BMNA, Japanese headquarters, Śākyamuni, Caucasians, Euro-Americans

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