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Zazen or Not Zazen? The Predicament of Sotoshu's Kaikyoshi in Brazil
Author Rocha, Cristina
Source Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
Volumev.31 n.1
Pages163 - 184
PublisherNanzan Institute for Religion and Culture=南山宗教文化研究所
Publisher Url
Location名古屋, 日本 [Nagoya, Japan]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NoteCristina Rocha is a Senior Research Assistant at the Centre for Cultural Research at the University of Western Sydney, where she received her PhD in 2003.
KeywordSoto Zenshu; Kaikyoshi; Japanese Brazilian community; zazenless Zen; conflicts
AbstractIn this paper, I discuss the establishment of Sõtõ Zenshð missions in Brazil. I
contend that the discourse on Zen that emerged from the writings of D. T.
Suzuki and the Kyoto School to resist Western cultural hegemony not only fed
the Zen boom in the West, but has more recently impacted on the Zen practice
of some Japanese. I show that Japanese Sõtõshð kaikyõshi who catered to the
(mostly) non-Japanese Brazilian community since 1968 embraced Suzuki’s
ideas on Zen wholeheartedly in Japan, prior to their arrival in Brazil. Thus,
while these kaikyõshi praised zazen as the main Zen practice, others, who
catered for Japanese-Brazilians, favored devotional practices. Their diametrically
opposing attitudes towards zazen and rituals created conμicts, which
were mirrored in their congregation. Here I will present the kaikyõshi side of the
conμicts and their evolution through the years to reveal the way the Japanese-
Brazilian and non-Japanese communities negotiated their place in the Busshinji
temple in São Paulo city.
ISSN03041042 (P)
Created date2005.09.23
Modified date2017.08.29

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