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By James Mark Shields

Against Harmony lines the background of revolutionary and radical experiments in eastern Buddhist idea and perform, from the mid-Meiji interval throughout the early Showa. maybe the 2 top representations of innovative Buddhism in this time have been the hot Buddhist Fellowship (1899-1915) and the formative years League for Revitalizing Buddhism (1931-1936), either non-sectarian, lay routine well-versed in either classical Buddhist texts and Western philosophy and faith. Their paintings successfully collapsed regularly held differences among faith, philosophy, ethics, politics, and economics. in contrast to many others in their day, they didn't regard the unconventional forces of modernization as complex and disruptive, yet as opportunities.

James Mark Shields examines the highbrow family tree and replacement visions of innovative and radical Buddhism within the many years top as much as the Pacific struggle. Exposing the diversity within the conceptions and manifestations of development, reform, and modernity during this interval, he outlines their very important implications for postwar and modern Buddhism in Japan and elsewhere.

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