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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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Shin Buddhist Doctrine Reconstructed

Shin Buddhist Doctrine Reconstructed

(p.110) Chapter Five Shin Buddhist Doctrine Reconstructed
Immigrants to the Pure Land

Michihiro Ama

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter investigates the ways in which some Issei ministers construed Shinran’s teaching by borrowing concepts from Christianity, incorporating other Buddhist schools’ practices, and studying modern democracy. It presents the accounts of Takeichi Takahashi, Itsuzō Kyōgoku and Bishop Emyō Imamura—all of which interpreted Shin doctrine in a new light, through a pragmatic mode of thinking. The hermeneutics developed by Takahashi and Kyōgoku differ, as the former represents the Americanization of doctrine, while the latter exposes its Japanization. Kyōgoku, on the other hand, expanded Kiyozawa’s theory of self-exhaustion and attempted to bridge the gap between the concepts of self-power (jiriki) and other-power (tariki).

Keywords:   Issei ministers, Jōdo Shinran, Takeichi Takahashi, Itsuzō Kyōgoku, Emyō Imamura, jiriki, tariki

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