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Pure Land, Real World: Modern Buddhism, Japanese Leftists, and the Utopian Imagination

Melissa Anne-Marie Curley


For a thousand years, Japanese Buddhists cultivated vivid images of utopia in the form of the Western Paradise, but in the modern period, this utopianism became troublesome. Shinshū modernizers reinvented the Pure Land: some molded it into something the nation-state could tolerate; others used it to secure their own autonomy. Their reinterpretations encouraged new engagements with the tradition; during the war years, as the Japanese state bore down upon its citizens, thinkers with no obvious connection to Shinshū seized upon the twinned images of Shinran in exile and Amida’s Pure Land. For eco ... More

Keywords: Shinran, Shinshū, Marxism, Kawakami Hajime, Miki Kiyoshi, Ienaga Saburō, exile, resistance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780824857752
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824857752.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa Anne-Marie Curley, author
The Ohio State University