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Japanese Buddhism in America
Author Covell, Stephen Grover
Source 世界佛教論壇論文集(第2屆)
Pages171 - 178
Publisher世界佛教論壇籌備辦公室=Preparatory Office of the World Buddhist Forum
Location北京, 中國 [Beijing, China]
Content type會議論文=Proceeding Article
Note佛教的傳播與民族性=The Spread National Characteristics of Buddhism
AbstractThe journey of Buddhism from Japan to America is one not easily told briefly. Within Japan one hundred years ago, Buddhism was undergoing great changes in the face of declining state support and the onslaught of modern and western views on religion. At the same time, Japanese were traveling to the United States to work in Hawai’i and California. This was a moment of monumental change for Japanese Buddhism as well as for those Japanese Buddhists striking out to work thousands of miles from home. But, that was only the beginning. Japanese Buddhists both in Japan and in the US, each for their own reasons, sought to appeal to non-Japanese as well--both to so-called Convert Buddhists and to local communities and the nation at large. Next, the first wave of settlers gave way to a second generation of ethnic Japanese Buddhists who in their own time put new demands on the Buddhism of their parents. And finally, we cannot understand the spread of Buddhism from Japan to America, without considering diffuse Buddhism; the Buddhism of popular culture, poetry, music, and the martial arts. I won’t try to cover all of this here in depth, but in order to introduce the complexity of this rich history I will briefly touch on each in turn.
Created date2009.06.10
Modified date2016.11.24

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