Ethics and Society in Contemporary Shin Buddhism

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LIT Verlag Münster, 2007 - Social Science - 265 pages
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Contemporary Shin Buddhism is characterized by the simultaneous presence of an almost radical aversion to a normative approach to ethics, a rich and multifaceted debate on ethical issues, and an interesting amount of social activism. Ethics and Society in Contemporary Shin Buddhism focuses on such aspects of this influential tradition of Japanese Buddhism, which can be traced back to the thought of Shinran (1173-1262), and on its interplay with Japanese society over the last few decades, with particular reference to its two major branches (Honganji-ha and Otani-ha). In addition, the ethical implications of the responses being given by these institutions and their followers to the ongoing process of globalization, together with the contradictions embedded therein, are analysed and compared with other reactions found in different religious traditions.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Ethics and Society in the Shin Buddhist Tradition
21
The Shin Buddhist Tradition
24
Shin Buddhist Ethics
38
Modern Views on Shin Buddhist Ethics
62
The Doctrinal Foundations of Social Ethics in Contemporary Shin Buddhism
79
Ethical Implications of the Concept of Birth
83
Shinjin and Morality
92
Shin Buddhism and Social Practice in Contemporary Japan
141
War Peace and Yasukuni Shrine
144
The hisabetsu buraku Issue
163
Hanses Disease and Discrimination
172
Social Welfare
182
Shin Buddhist Ethics in the Perspective of Globalization
191
Appendices
209
Bibliography
229

The Equalitarian Dimension in Shin Buddhism
105
Shin Buddhism and Social Criticism
111
Anthropocentrism and Humanism
131

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