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Experimental BuddhismInnovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan$
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John K. Nelson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838331

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838331.001.0001

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The Future of Buddhism in Japan

The Future of Buddhism in Japan

(p.188) 6 The Future of Buddhism in Japan
Experimental Buddhism

John K. Nelson

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter attempts to predict what the future holds for a religious tradition like Buddhism in Japan, examining present conditions such as the recent 2011 disasters and Buddhism’s increased opportunities for networking through technological and economic advances, among others, that may have an impact on contemporary perceptions of the significance and relevance of Buddhism for everyday people. In doing so the chapter emphasizes the complexity of Buddhism in general, and how it may sway conditions for the future of the religion. It provides two case examples illustrating the role of an up-and-coming religious leader in a rapidly changing society like Japan: that of Rev. Miura Akari, who had taken over her father’s True Pure Land temple; and of Rev. Kawakami Takafumi, who will eventually assume the leadership of Shunkōin, a subtemple within the huge complex of Myōshinji (Rinzai Zen).

Keywords:   Buddhism, Japan, religious traditions, Miura Akari, Kawakami Takafumi

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