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Seeking Śākyamuni: South Asia in the Formation of Modern Japanese Buddhism
Author Jaffe, Richard M. (著)
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
Publisher Url
LocationChicago, IL, US [芝加哥, 伊利諾伊州, 美國]
SeriesBuddhism and Modernity
Content type書籍=Book
NoteRichard M. Jaffe is director of the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute and professor of Buddhist Studies at Duke University. He is the author of Neither Monk nor Layman and editor of the Selected Works of D. T. Suzuki.
AbstractThough fascinated with the land of their tradition’s birth, virtually no Japanese Buddhists visited the Indian subcontinent before the nineteenth century. In the richly illustrated Seeking Śākyamuni, Richard M. Jaffe reveals the experiences of the first Japanese Buddhists who traveled to South Asia in search of Buddhist knowledge beginning in 1873. Analyzing the impact of these voyages on Japanese conceptions of Buddhism, he argues that South Asia developed into a pivotal nexus for the development of twentieth-century Japanese Buddhism. Jaffe shows that Japan’s growing economic ties to the subcontinent following World War I fostered even more Japanese pilgrimage and study at Buddhism’s foundational sites. Tracking the Japanese travelers who returned home, as well as South Asians who visited Japan, Jaffe describes how the resulting flows of knowledge, personal connections, linguistic expertise, and material artifacts of South and Southeast Asian Buddhism instantiated the growing popular consciousness of Buddhism as a pan-Asian tradition—in the heart of Japan.
Table of contentsAcknowledgments
List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Locating Tenjiku

1 South Asian Encounters: Kitabatake Dōryū, Shaku Kōzen, Shaku Sōen, and the First Generation of Japanese Buddhists in South Asia
2 Kawaguchi Ekai, Globalization, and the Promotion of Lay Buddhism in Japan
3 Following the Cotton Road: Japanese Corporate Pilgrimage to India, 1926–1927
4 Buddhist Material Culture, “Indianism,” and the Construction of Pan-Asian Buddhism in Twentieth-Century Japan
5 Global Waves on Ōmura Bay: The English Translation of the Gedatsu dōron (The Path of Freedom)
6 Deploying South Asian Buddhism

ISBN9780226391151 (pbk); 9780226391144 (hc); 9780226628233 (eb)
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  1. Book Review: Theravada Traditions: Buddhist Ritual Cultures in Contemporary Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka by John Clifford Holt; Seeking Śākyamuni: South Asia in the Formation of Modern Japanese Buddhism by Richard M. Jaffe; The Korean Buddhist Empire: A Transnational History, 1910–1945 by Hwansoo Ilmee Kim / Chia, Jack Meng-tat
Created date2023.06.20
Modified date2023.06.20

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