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Secrecy's PowerCovert Shin Buddhists in Japan and Contradictions of Concealment$
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Clark Chilson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838393

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838393.001.0001

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The Questions Revealed by Covert Shin Buddhists

(p.170) Epilogue
Secrecy's Power

Clark Chilson

University of Hawai'i Press

This epilogue highlights some of the implications of the book's findings for our understanding of Shin Buddhism and secrecy in religion. It does this by clarifying the questions that the book has answered in part and by raising questions that remain unanswered. First, it considers the things that unite and divide Shin Buddhists, from the reading of writings by Shinran and Rennyo as scripture to the emphasis on lay religious life, the centrality of Amida and devotion to him, and the shinjin. The discussion then turns to how different social contexts lead to different consequences of secrecy, what powers secrecy has, and how esotericism and social secrecy relate to one another. The Gosho and the initiation rites in Urahōmon are cited as good examples of how esoteric and social secrecy can have a symbiotic relationship.

Keywords:   secrecy, Shin Buddhism, Shinran, Rennyo, Amida, shinjin, esotericism, social secrecy, initiation rites, Urahōmon

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