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Theosophy and Buddhist Reformers in the Middle of the Meiji Period: An Introduction
Author 吉永進一 (著)=Yoshinaga, Shinichi (au.)
Source Japanese Religions=日本の諸宗教
Volumev.34 n.2
Pages119 - 131
PublisherNCC Center for the Study of Japanese Religions=NCC宗教研究所
Publisher Url
Location京都, 日本 [Kyoto, Japan]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Keyword神智=Theosophy; 一神論=Unitarianism; 美國佛教徒=American Buddhists; 反省會=Hansei-kai
AbstractIn this introduction I focus on the hidden, or “occult” side of the internationalization of Japanese Buddhism during the Meiji Period. Th e success of Olcott’s trip to Japan, on the one hand, made the Buddhism revival visible, but, on the other hand, gave Japanese Buddhism too much self-confi dence and pride to continue dialogue with Buddhists
abroad. Olcott dreamed of a non-sectarian and all-inclusive form of Buddhism, while Japanese Buddhist sects needed him as “a white Buddhist” only to show their superiority to Christianity. As their objectives and strategies were so diff erent, they were doomed to part with each other from the beginning. But there were some Japanese Buddhists who listened to “Buddhists” abroad. Th ey were intellectuals well versed with Western thoughts and languages, and acted as Buddhist reformers who opened the way to reform movements. Among them, Nakanishi Ushirō, Hirai Kinza and Suzuki Teitarō took a rationalistic view of religion during the middle of the Meiji Period, while Furukawa Rōsen and Taoka Reiun took an experience-oriented approach to religion.
Table of contents1. Meiji Buddhism: An Overview 119
2. Reformers in the Meiji 20s and Meiji 30s 123
3. Meeting Foreign "Buddhists" 124
4. Aftermath 128
conclusion 130
ISSN04488954 (P)
Created date2013.08.28
Modified date2020.03.03

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