A Buddhist Renaissance?
Shifting Paradigms and Subverting Traditions within Japan's "Funeral" Buddhist Temples
Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Francisco
Buddhism in Japan has been described recently by some of its own priests and scholars as "corrupt," "degraded" and, somewhat surprisingly, "anti-Buddhist." To challenge these perceptions and reaffirm some of the tradition's most basic foundations, the Osaka-based "Buddhist Renaissance" movement is a concentrated and cross-sectarian effort to de-emphasize money-making mortuary rituals and instead practice and promote a more socially-engaged Buddhism. Based on recent fieldwork, we will explore this renaissance as a late-modern, highly-reflexive, and essentially political movement that challenges and subverts established narratives, beliefs and institutions.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007, 4:00 pm
David Strong Building, Room C116