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The Death and Rebirth of Buddhism in Contemporary Japan
Author Tanabe, George Joji, Jr.
Source Buddhist Studies Review
Volumev.23 n.2
Pages249 - 258
PublisherEquinox Publishing Ltd.
Publisher Url
LocationSheffield, UK [謝菲爾德, 英國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Keyword佛教人物=Buddhist; 佛教教義=Buddhist Doctrines=Buddhist Teachings; 佛教儀軌=Buddhist Rituals; 轉世=輪迴=Samsara=Rebirth=Reincarnation
AbstractThis paper examines the theme of the death and rebirth of Buddhism in contemporary Japan as treated in several works written by Buddhist priests, scholars, and writers for the general public. Though Buddhist rituals and customs are still widespread, most people and even many priests do not understand their meanings. This empty formalism is perceived as the death of Buddhism. There are many calls for reviving Buddhism, and they comprise two types. The first seeks the rebirth of Buddhism through socially and culturally engaged activities that have little or no connection with Buddhist teachings. The second suggestion calls for the revival of traditional doctrines. What is missing is the medieval pattern of truly new interpretations, which by definition must deviate from old understandings significantly enough to be heresies
ISSN02652897 (P); 17479681 (E)
Created date2007.11.13
Modified date2017.06.23

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