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Social Ethics of “New Buddhists” at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: A Comparative Study of Suzuki Daisetsu and Inoue Shūten.
Author Moriya, Tomoe (著)=守屋友江 (au.)
Source Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
Volumev.32 n.2
Pages283 - 304
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
NoteMoriya Tomoe is Associate Professor at Hannan University in Osaka, Japan.
KeywordSuzuki Daisetsu; Inoue Shūten; Shin Bukkyō; division of religious practices; social ethics; Kōtoku Incident; nationalism
AbstractThis paper concerns the discourses of two Japanese Zen Buddhists, Suzuki
Daisetsu and Inoue Shūten, through analyzing their writings in a Buddhist
journal called Shin Bukkyō, in order to examine their presentations of the role
of Buddhism at the turn of the twentieth century and how their transnational
contacts influenced the construction of their religious ideas. As Itō Hirobumi’s
annotation to the Meiji Constitution described, religion in modern Japan witnessed
the division of religion into “outward” practices and “inner” religious
belief. The Kōtoku Incident (1910–1911) also played a crucial role for Japanese
Buddhists in terms of their social engagement, and around this time Suzuki’s
discourses in particular began to show a polarization of social criticism in Shin
Bukkyō on the one hand, and reflections on spirituality in other journals on
the other. Inoue, who was suspected of having a hand in the Kōtoku Incident,
wrote critical commentaries and pacifist essays from a Buddhist point of view.
In this study, I attempt to uncover the various factors that constructed their
religious ideas so as to exemplify the Buddhist responses to rising nationalism
and the restriction of freedom of religion and thought.
ISSN03041042 (P)
Created date2006.04.28
Modified date2017.08.29

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