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Cultivating Spirituality
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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 opening to the West to Japan’s establishment as an industrialized democracy and world economic power. Kiyozawa Manshi, Soga Ryojin, Kaneko Daiei, and Yasuda Rjin, 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright page
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Chapter 1: Shin Buddhism in the Meiji Period
  2. pp. 1-52
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  1. Kiyozawa Manshi
  2. pp. 55-98
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  1. Chapter 2: Kiyozawa Manshi: Life and Thought
  2. pp. 55-65
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  1. Chapter 3: Why Do Buddhists Lack Self-Respect?
  2. pp. 67-76
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  1. Chapter 4: Negotiating Religious Morality and Common Morality
  2. pp. 77-91
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  1. Chapter 5: The Nature of My Faith
  2. pp. 93-98
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  1. Soga Ryojin
  2. pp. 99-156
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  1. Chapter 6: Soga Ryōjin: Life and Thought
  2. pp. 101-106
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  1. Chapter 7: A Savior on Earth: The Meaning of Dharmakara Bodhisattva's Advent
  2. pp. 107-118
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  1. Chapter 8: Shinran's View of Buddhist History
  2. pp. 119-138
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  1. Chapter 9: Lectures on the Tannishō
  2. pp. 139-156
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  1. Kaneko Daiei
  2. pp. 157-213
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  1. Chapter 10: Kaneko Daiei: Life and Thought
  2. pp. 159-171
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  1. Chapter 11: Prolegomena to Shin Buddhist Studies
  2. pp. 173-213
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  1. Yasuda Rijin
  2. pp. 215-265
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  1. Chapter 12: Yasuda Rijin: Shin Philosopher of Self-Awareness
  2. pp. 217-225
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  1. Chapter 13: The Practical Understanding of Buddhism
  2. pp. 227-232
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  1. Chapter 14: The Mirror of Nothingness
  2. pp. 233-237
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  1. Chapter 15: A Name but Not a Name Alone
  2. pp. 239-265
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  1. Combined Glossary
  2. pp. 267-277
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 279-297
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 299-309
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