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Immanent Frames: Meiji New Buddhism, Pantheism, and the "Religious Secular"=内在的枠組み:明治の新仏教、汎神論、「世俗信仰」
Author Shields, James Mark
Source Japan Review: Journal of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies=日本研究=Nichibunken Japan Review=Bulletin of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Pages79 - 95
PublisherInternational Research Center for Japanese Studies=国際日本文化研究センター
Publisher Url
Location京都, 日本 [Kyoto, Japan]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Keyword新仏教同志会=New Buddhist Fellowship; 世俗性=Secularity; 「社会参画仏教」="Social Buddhism"; 進歩主義=Progressivism; 内在性=Immanence
AbstractThe secularization thesis, rooted in the idea that “modernity” brings with it the destruction—or, at least, the ruthless privatization—of religion, is clearly grounded in specific, often oversimplified, interpretations of Western historical developments since the eighteenth century. In this article, I use the case of the New Buddhist Fellowship (Shin Bukkyō Dōshikai) of the Meiji period (1868–1912) to query the category of the secular in the context of Japanese modernity. I argue that the New Buddhists, drawing on elements of classical and East Asian Buddhism as well as modern Western thought, promoted a resolutely social and this-worldly Buddhism that collapses—or preempts—the conceptual and practical boundaries between religion and the secular. In short, the New Buddhists sought a lived Buddhism rooted in a decidedly “immanent frame” (Taylor), even while rejecting the “vulgar materialism” of secular radicalism.
Table of contentsIntroduction 79
Querying the Secular in Japanese Religion 80
The New Buddhist Fellowship 81
Pantheistic Foundations 85
Towards a "Sound Faith" 86
The Joys of Secular Buddhism 88
Buddhist Secularism, Pantheism, Materialism? 88
Conclusion 91
ISSN09150986 (P); 24343129 (E)
Created date2021.02.03
Modified date2021.02.03

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