Cultivating Spirituality: A Modern Shin Buddhist Anthology

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Four Shin Buddhist thinkers reflect on their tradition’s encounter with modernity.

Cultivating Spirituality is a seminal anthology of Shin Buddhist thought, one that reflects this tradition’s encounter with modernity. Shin (or Jodo Shinshu) is a popular form of Pure Land Buddhism, the most widely practiced form of Buddhism in Japan, but is only now becoming well known in the West. The lives of the four thinkers included in the book spanned the years 1863–1982, from the Meiji ...

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Overview

Four Shin Buddhist thinkers reflect on their tradition’s encounter with modernity.

Cultivating Spirituality is a seminal anthology of Shin Buddhist thought, one that reflects this tradition’s encounter with modernity. Shin (or Jodo Shinshu) is a popular form of Pure Land Buddhism, the most widely practiced form of Buddhism in Japan, but is only now becoming well known in the West. The lives of the four thinkers included in the book spanned the years 1863–1982, from the Meiji opening to the West to Japan’s establishment as an industrialized democracy and world economic power. Kiyozawa Manshi, Soga Ryojin, Kaneko Daiei, and Yasuda Rijin, all associated with Kyoto’s Otani University, dealt with the spiritual concerns of a society undergoing great change. Their philosophical orientation known as “Seishinshugi” (“cultivating spirituality”) provides a set of principles that prioritized personal, subjective experience as the basis for religious understanding.

In addition to providing access to work generally unavailable in English, this volume also includes both a contextualizing introduction and introductions to each figure included.

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“Buddhism, whether in Asia or the West, reveals itself to be a rich tapestry of diverse strands in which pioneers risked their standing and even their very lives to establish new pathways appropriate for their times and places. The editors … invite the reader to explore developments in Japanese Pure Land Buddhism as emblematic of this tradition of innovation.” — Buddhadharma
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438439815
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark L. Blum is Professor of Japanese at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is the author of The Origins and Development of Pure Land Buddhism: A Study and Translation of Gyōnen’s Jōdo Hōmon Genrushōand the coeditor (with Shin’ya Yasutomi) of Rennyo and the Roots of Modern Japanese Buddhism.

Robert F. Rhodes is Professor of Buddhist Studies at Otani University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Yasutomi Shin'ya vii

Abbreviations xi

Chapter 1 Shin Buddhism in the Meiji Period Mark L. Blum 1

Kiyozawa Manshi

Chapter 2 Kiyozawa Manshi: Life and Thought Mark L. Blum 55

Chapter 3 Why Do Buddhists Lack Self-Respect? Kiyozawa Manshi Mark L. Blum 67

Chapter 4 Negotiating Religious Morality and Common Morality Kiyozawa Manshi Mark L. Blum 77

Chapter 5 The Nature of My Faith Kiyozawa Manshi Mark L. Blum 93

Soga Ryojin

Chapter 6 Soga Ryojin: Life and Thought Robert F. Rhodes 101

Chapter 7 A Savior on Earth: The Meaning of Dharmakara Bodhisattva's Advent Soga Ryojin Jan Van Bragt 107

Chapter 8 Shinran's View of Buddhist History Soga Ryojin Jan Van Bragt 119

Chapter 9 Lectures on the Tannisho Soga Ryojin Jan Van Bragt 139

Kameko Daiei

Chapter 10 Kaneko Daiei: Life and Thought Robert F. Rhodes 159

Chapter 11 Prolegomena to Shin Buddhist Studies Kaneko Daiei Robert F. Rhodes 173

Yasuda Rijin

Chapter 12 Yasuda Rijin: Life and Thought Paul Watt 217

Chapter 13 The Practical Understanding of Buddhism Yasuda Rijin Paul Watt 233

Chapter 14 The Mirror of Nothingness Yasuda Rijin Paul Watt 233

Chapter 15 A Name but Not a Name Alone Yasuda Rijin Paul Watt 239

Combined Glossary 267

Bibliography 279

Index 299

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