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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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The Development of Shin Buddhist Ministries in North America

The Development of Shin Buddhist Ministries in North America

(p.59) Chapter Three The Development of Shin Buddhist Ministries in North America
Immigrants to the Pure Land

Michihiro Ama

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter describes the development of Shin ministries in Hawaii and on the mainland. In Nikkei communities, ministers’ roles and responsibilities increased when immigrants saw Buddhism as one of their collective ties with Japan. With the expansion of a ministry, however, the acculturation of “faith” appeared on an individual level. As the background of Issei ministers differed from the spiritual interests of Nisei and Euro-American Buddhists, the Honpa Honganji Mission of Hawaii (HHMH) and the Buddhist Mission of North America (BMNA) diverged from conventional practices when bishops ordained members of the latter two groups. However, since the majority of Caucasian Buddhists were not necessarily interested in Shinran’s teachings but found Śākyamuni’s philosophy rational and logical, problems arose in the process of admitting non-Nikkei ministers.

Keywords:   Shin ministries, Nikkei communities, Buddhism, acculturation, Nisei, Euro-American Buddhists, Śākyamuni’s philosophy

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