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Title: Japanese temple Buddhism
Authors: Stephen Grover, Covell,
Keywords: Buddhism—Japan—1945
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: University of Hawai‘i Press
Description: As the basic social unit of Buddhism in Japan, temples are the sites where priests and laypersons attempt to live worldly lives according to teachings of renunciation. This is a certain recipe for failure, the story of which is bound to be fascinating. What is remarkable about institutional Buddhism in Japan, however, is not its much-criticized decline into meaningless customs and pecuniary interests, but its struggles to keep alive ancient religious ideals and practices in one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world. “Funeral Buddhism,” for instance, is a pejorative term that describes highly profitable rituals that few understand. At the same time, postmortem rites, whether people realize it or not, speak explicitly about the classical objective of achieving enlightenment.
ISBN: 978-0-8248-2856-1
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