I would like to announce the publication of my new book on Japanese Shin Buddhism and social ethics. Here some details for those who might be interested.
Ugo Dessì, Ethics and Society in Contemporary Shin Buddhism, Lit Verlag, (Series: Religiöse Gegenwart Asiens / Studies in Modern Asian Religions, Bd. 5), 2007, 272 S., 39.90 EUR, ISBN 978-3-8258-0815-0 http://www.lit-verlag.de/isbn/3-8258-0815-0
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.
With best wishes,
PhD, Study of Religions
Research Fellow, Otani University
Shin Buddhist Comprehensive Research Institute
Koyama, Kamifusa-cho, Kita-ku
Kyoto 603-8143 JAPAN
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