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Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan

John K. Nelson


This book documents a sense of what is happening on the front lines as a growing number of Buddhist priests try to reboot their roles and traditions to gain greater significance in Japanese society. It profiles innovative as well as controversial responses to the challenges facing Buddhist priests. From traditional activities (conducting memorial rituals; supporting residences for the elderly and infirm; providing relief for victims of natural disasters) to more creative ones (collaborating in suicide prevention efforts; holding symposia and concerts on temple precincts; speaking out against n ... More

Keywords: Japanese society, Buddhist priest, Buddhist clergy, experimental Buddhism, Buddhist traditions, Japanese temple Buddhism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824838331
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838331.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John K. Nelson, author
University of San Francisco