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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 University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834388.001.0001

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The Modern Development of Shin Buddhism

The Modern Development of Shin Buddhism

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(p.14) Chapter One The Modern Development of Shin Buddhism
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Immigrants to the Pure Land
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Michihiro Ama

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834388.003.0001

This chapter focuses on how modernity affects the Nishi and Higashi Honganji. Modernity prompted the leaders of these Honganjis to rethink their ideas of nation-statehood and restructure their organizations. Despite initial resistance against the government, both the two Honganji branches sought an ideal relationship between Buddhism and the nation-state of Japan and ended up reinforcing national policies on religion. They also made an alliance with other Jōdo Shinshū denominations as part of the trans-sectarian Buddhist movement and competed with Christianity. In a denominational setting, Shin priests reexamined their organizational styles, rituals, and doctrine by studying the religious climate of Western Europe and its scholarship.

Keywords:   Higashi Honganji, Nishi Honganji, Shintō, Christianity, Jōdo Shinshū, Shin priests

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