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Meiji Religious Policy, Soto Zen, and the Clerical Marriage Problem
Author Jaffe, Richard
Source Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
Volumev.25 n.1-2
Pages45 - 85
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
AbstractOne of the most significant legal changes for the Buddhist clergy in the
wake of the Meiji Restoration was the decriminalization of clerical meat
eating and marriage (nikujiki saitai). The end to state enforcement of the
prohibition against marriage by the Buddhist clergy sparked a prolonged
debate over that practice within the Buddhist world. This article examines
the range of responses to the decriminalization measure by the Soto clergy
and traces the spread of clerical marriage within the Soto denomination.
Despite ongoing resistance to clerical marriage from the denomination’s
leadership, the majority of Soto clerics eventually married, forcing many
institutional adaptations. The de facto acceptance of clerical marriage,
however, failed to resolve the fundamental doctrinal issues concerning that
practice, which remains problematic for some Soto clerics today.
ISSN03041042 (P)
Created date1999.07.14
Modified date2017.08.25

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