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Japanese Religion : Unity and Diversity

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9780534176945

ISBN10:
0534176941
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
8/1/2003
Publisher(s):
Wadsworth Publishing

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Summary

In continuous print since 1969, this text has helped establish the treatment of Japanese religion as a unified worldview, offering a concise yet thorough look at the culture and history of the Japanese religion. This text helps students see Japanese religion as a whole, rather than as disconnected religious traditions. No technical knowledge of Japanese history, Japanese religion, or the Japanese language is required for understanding the material. JAPANESE RELIGION has been used in Japan and Europe, as well as in North America.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Table of Japanese Religious History x
Map of Japan xii
1 INTRODUCTION 1(6)
Five Religious Strands
2(1)
Unity and Diversity
3(4)
2 PERSISTENT THEMES IN JAPANESE RELIGIOUS HISTORY 7(14)
The Closeness of Human Beings, Gods, and Nature
7(1)
The Religious Character of the Family
8(3)
The Significance of Purification, Specific Rituals, and Amulets
11(1)
The Prominence of Local Festivals and Individual Cults
12(2)
The Pervasiveness of Religion in Everyday Life
14(2)
The Intimate Bond Between Religion and the Nation
16(1)
The Traditional wordview
16(5)
I THE FORMATION OF JAPANESE RELIGION 21(60)
3 THE PREHISTORIC HERITAGE
22(9)
The Beginnings of Japanese Culture
23(3)
The Evidence and Meaning of the Earliest Religion in Japan
26(1)
The Religious Significance of Burial and the Dead
26(1)
The Religious Significance of Fertility
27(1)
The Religious Significance of Divine Descent
28(3)
4 EARLY SHINTO
31(10)
Mythological Materials and the Origins of Shinto
32(3)
The Organization of Shinto: Priests and Rituals in Shrines
35(3)
Distinctive Characteristics of Shinto
38(3)
5 EARLY JAPANESE BUDDHISM: INDIAN INFLUENCE WITH CHINESE COLORATION
41(11)
The Introduction of Buddhism as a Foreign Religion
42(1)
Buddhism's Impact on the Court and the State
43(2)
Buddhism as a State Religion
45(2)
The Six Philosophical Schools of Nara Buddhism
47(1)
The Sanron School
48(2)
The Decline of Nara Buddhism
50(2)
6 CONFUCIANISM AND TAOISM: CHINESE IMPORTATIONS
52(14)
Confucianism: Explicit Chinese Influence on State and Society
53(3)
Taoism: Implicit Chinese Influence on Beliefs and Rituals
56(6)
Confucianism and Taoism as Japanese Traditions
62(4)
7 FOLK RELIGION: RELIGIOSITY OUTSIDE ORGANIZED RELIGION
66(9)
Aspects of Japanese Folk Religion
66(3)
Folk Religion in Family, Village, and Occupation
69(2)
The Individual and Folk Religion
71(4)
8 INTERACTION IN THE FORMATION OF JAPANESE RELIGION
75(6)
The Interaction of Religious Traditions
75(1)
The Formation of a Distinctive Japanese Religious Tradition
76(5)
II THE DEVELOPMENT AND ELABORATION OF JAPANESE RELIGION 81(60)
9 THE DEVELOPMENT OF A JAPANESE BUDDHISM: SHINGON AND TENDAI
83(15)
The New Buddhism of the Heian Period
84(2)
Shingon: Esoteric Buddhism in Japan
86(5)
Tendai:The Lotus Sutra, Proper Ordination for Monks, and Buddahood for All Humans
91(3)
The Development of Japanese Buddhism and Japanese Religion
94(4)
10 ELABORATION WITHIN JAPANESE BUDDHISM: PURE LAND, NICHIREN, AND ZEN BUDDHISM
98(17)
Buddhism: From Heian to Kamakura Times
100(1)
The Pure Land Sects: Faith in Amida and the Recitation of the Nembutsu
101(3)
Nichiren: Faith in the Lotus Sutra as the Exclusive National Buddhism
104(2)
The Zen Sects: Enlightenment Through Meditation
106(2)
Dogen: Sitting in Meditation
108(2)
Zen: Institutional and Artistic Developments
110(5)
11 THE DEVELOPMENT OF MEDIEVAL SHINTO
115(13)
Medieval Buddhism and Medieval Shinto
119(2)
The Relation of Tendai and Shingon to Medieval Shinto
121(2)
Medieval Shinto: Individual Scholars and Family Traditions
123(5)
12 THE APPEARANCE OF CHRISTIANITY IN JAPAN
128(9)
The Introduction of Christianity into Japan
129(1)
The Japanese Acceptance of Christianity
130(2)
The Expulsion of Christianity
132(2)
The Significance of the Christian Century
134(3)
13 THE FIVE TRADITIONS: DEVELOPMENT AND MUTUAL INFLUENCE
137(4)
III FORMALISM AND RENEWAL IN JAPANESE RELIGION 141(98)
14 BUDDHISM, NEO-CONFUCIANISM, AND RESTORATION SHINTO IN THE TOKUGAWA PERIOD
144(17)
The Tokugawa Government and Religion
145(1)
Tokugawa Buddhism: State Patronage and Weakened Vitality
146(1)
Neo-Confucianism: Political Stability and Social Conformity
147(2)
Neo-Confucianism: The Development of Public and Private Ethics
149(5)
Restoration Shinto:The Movement for a Purified Shinto
154(1)
Motoori Norinaga and Restoration Shinto
155(6)
15 THE MEIJI RESTORATION AND STATE SHINTO
161(19)
The Political and Religious Significance of the Meiji Restoration
162(1)
The Attempt to Restore Shinto as the Only Japanese Religion
163(4)
The Establishment of Nonreligions Shrine Shinto
167(1)
Japan as a Nation-State-Nationalism in World Perspective
168(4)
Shrine Shinto as an Expression of Nationalism and Militarism
172(8)
16 RELIGIOUS CURRENTS FROM 1868 TO 1945
180(15)
Buddhism: The Quest for Renewal, Especially Within Buddhist Scholarship
181(3)
Christianity: Strength and Weakness Since 1868
184(3)
The New Religions: New Variations from Old Traditions
187(2)
The Fortunes of Religion 1868-1945: From Freedom of Religion to State Orthodoxy
189(6)
17 TWO NEW RELIGIONS: TENRIKYO AND SOKA GAKKAI
195(11)
The Many New Religions: Differences and Similarities
196(1)
Tenrikyo: A Living Kami and a Joyous Life
197(3)
Soka Gakkai: Faith in the Lotus Sutra and a Happy Life
200(4)
The Significance of the New Religions: Old Wine in New Bottles
204(2)
18 RELIGION IN POSTWAR JAPAN
206(8)
Shinto: Disestablishment and Popular Disfavor
207(1)
Buddhism: The Continuing Quest for Renewal
208(1)
Christianity: The Problems of Denominationalism
209(1)
The Postwar Boom of New Religions
210(4)
19 RELIGIOUS LIFE IN CONTEMPORARY JAPAN
214(16)
Are the Japanese Religious?
214(3)
Persistent Themes in Contemporary Japanese Religion
217(2)
Approaches to Religious Change
219(3)
Transformations of Religious Life in Contemporary Japan
222(8)
20 CONCLUSION: THE CHALLENGE FOR JAPANESE RELIGION
230(9)
Study Questions 239(14)
Annotated Bibliography on Japanese Religion 253(36)
Index 289


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