Book Announcement: Modern Buddhism in Japan

Modern BuddhismModern Buddhism in Japan

edited by Hayashi Makoto, Otani Eiichi, and Paul L. Swanson. Published by Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, 2014 (224 pp). This is a collection of essays on the development of Buddhism in Japan in response to the West during the “modern” period from the time of the Meiji Restoration to the end of World War II (1868–1945).

Table of Contents:
a.. Editors’ Introduction: Studies on Modern Buddhism in Contemporary Japan
b.. Mick Deneckere: Shin Buddhist Contributions to the Japanese Enlightenment Movement of the Early 1870s
c.. Ōtani Eiichi: The Movement Called “New Buddhism” in Meiji Japan
d.. Tanigawa Yutaka: The Age of Teaching: Buddhism, the Proselytization of Citizens, the Cultivation of Monks, and the Education of Laypeople during the Formative Period of Modern Japan
e.. Yoshinaga Shin’ichi: Suzuki Daisetsu and Swedenborg: A Historical Background
f.. Paul L. Swanson: Takagi Kenmyō and Buddhist Socialism: A Meiji Misfit and Martyr
g.. Hayashi Makoto: Religious Studies and Religiously Affiliated Universities
h.. Jeff Schroeder: The Insect in the Lion’s Body: Kaneko Daiei and the Question of Authority in Modern Buddhism
The book is available for ordering at

It is also available open access on the same site for downloading

individual chapters.

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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