Japan's new and 'new, new' religious movements which have established themselves in the West are both expanding and in general highly active. Among the best known are Soka Gakkai International, Mahikari, Seicho no Ie, the MOA Foundation, Tenrikyo and Risshokoseikai.
Though invariably deriving their inspiration from traditional sources, as a group they share distinct characteristics: they all stress the importance of pacifism, environmental care and protection and world transformation. They also all claim to heal, that all followers will receive benefits in this life and that, in most cases, Japan is the promised land.
This volume, which also offers a valuable insight into some of the cultural values of contemporary Japan, is the first to address the subject in any detail, and includes contributions from a number of distinguished scholars from Europe and the United States.
|List of Contributors|
|Japanese 'New' and 'New, New' Religions: An Introduction||p. 1|
|A Buddhologist's Impression of Japanese Buddhism||p. 15|
|The Goddess Emerges from her Cave: Fujita Himiko and her Dragon Palace Family||p. 25|
|New Japanese Religions in the United States||p. 33|
|Japanese New Religious Movements in Britain||p. 54|
|National and International Identity in a Japanese Religion||p. 77|
|Jesus in Japan: Christian Syncretism in Mahikari||p. 88|
|Japanese Monotheism and New Religions||p. 103|
|Of Priests, Protests and Protestant Buddhists: the Case of Soka Gakkai International||p. 117|
|Soto Zen Buddhism in Britain||p. 132|
|Japanese 'Old', 'New' and 'New, New' Religious Movements in Brazil||p. 149|
|Select Bibliography||p. 163|
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Series: Japan Library
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 1st January 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24 x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1