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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 Modern Development of Shin Buddhism

The Modern Development of Shin Buddhism

(p.14) Chapter One The Modern Development of Shin Buddhism
Immigrants to the Pure Land

Michihiro Ama

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on how modernity affects the Nishi and Higashi Honganji. Modernity prompted the leaders of these Honganjis to rethink their ideas of nation-statehood and restructure their organizations. Despite initial resistance against the government, both the two Honganji branches sought an ideal relationship between Buddhism and the nation-state of Japan and ended up reinforcing national policies on religion. They also made an alliance with other Jōdo Shinshū denominations as part of the trans-sectarian Buddhist movement and competed with Christianity. In a denominational setting, Shin priests reexamined their organizational styles, rituals, and doctrine by studying the religious climate of Western Europe and its scholarship.

Keywords:   Higashi Honganji, Nishi Honganji, Shintō, Christianity, Jōdo Shinshū, Shin priests

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