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Hawaii at the Crossroads of the U.S. and Japan before the Pacific War$
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Jon Thares Davidann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832254

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832254.001.0001

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Buddhism at the Crossroads of the Pacific

Buddhism at the Crossroads of the Pacific

Imamura Yemyō and Buddhist Social Ethics

Chapter 8 Buddhism at the Crossroads of the Pacific
Hawaii at the Crossroads of the U.S. and Japan before the Pacific War

Moriya Tomoe

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the account of Imamura Yemyō in Louise Hunter's Buddhism in Hawaii. Imamura was in charge of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, affiliated with Jōdo Shinshō Hongwanji-ha (commonly known as Nishi Hongwanji, headquartered in Kyoto, Japan), a Japanese Pure Land Buddhist denomination. He was mentioned in detail in Hunter's study, on which most of the postwar studies still heavily depend. Hunter showed an image of Imamura and Buddhism quite different from the way contemporaries of Imamura depicted him. Lori Pierce recently examined Hunter's depiction of Buddhism from a perspective of “ideological features of race” to uncover Imamura's philosophy and coined the term, “hybrid Buddhism,” to describe their collaborative presentations of Buddhist Americanization.

Keywords:   Jōdo Shinshō Hongwanji-ha, Buddhism, Buddhist Americanization, Lori Pierce, Imamura Yemyō, hybrid Buddhism

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