Rennyo And The Roots Of Modern Japanese Buddhism by Mark L. BlumRennyo And The Roots Of Modern Japanese Buddhism by Mark L. Blum

Rennyo And The Roots Of Modern Japanese Buddhism

EditorMark L. Blum, Shin'ya Yasutomi

Hardcover | August 15, 2005

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Rennyo Shonin (1415-1499) is considered the "second founder" of Shin Buddhism. Under his leadership, the Honganji branch grew in size and power, becoming a national organization with great wealth and influence. Rennyo's success lay in conveying an attractive spiritual message while exertingeffective administrative control. A savvy politician as well as religious leader, ennyo played a significant role in political, economic, and institutional developments. Though he is undeniably one of the most influential persons in the history of Japanese religion, his legacy remains enigmatic andlargely overlooked by the West. This volume offers an assessment of Rennyo's contribution to Buddhist thought and the Honganji religious organization. A collection of 16 previously unpublished essays by both Japanese and non-Japanese scholars in the areas of historical studies, Shinshu studies, andcomparative religion, it is the first book to confront many of the major questions surrounding the phenomenal growth of Honganji under Rennyo's leadership. The authors examine such topics as the source of Rennyo's charisma, the soteriological implications of his thought against the background ofother movements in Pure Land Buddhism, and the relationship between his ideas and the growth of his church. This collection is an important first step in bringing this important figure to an audience outside Japan. It will be of significant interest to scholars in the fields of Japanese religion,Japanese social history, comparative religion, and the sociology of religion.
Mark L. Blum is at State University of New York, Albany. Shin'ya Yasutomi is at Otani University.
Title:Rennyo And The Roots Of Modern Japanese BuddhismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:August 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"The history of Shin Buddhism, Japan's massive Buddhist school, can be divided into two halves: first, when it was a peripheral and inconsequential Buddhist movement, and second, when it emerged as a religious institution of unparalleled success and influence. The dividing point between thetwo was Rennyo, the leader of its head temple, Honganji, in the late fifteen century. This volume is a selection of recent and top-tier scholarship on Rennyo. It elucidates his many achievements and the lasting effects he has had on Shin Buddhism and Japanese religion as a whole. Many aspects ofRennyo's life, activities, and religious thought are explored in a depth previously unavailable in English. In the end, Rennyo emerges as a kaleidoscopic figure through which we can see better the character of Shin Buddhism and the development of Japan's religious traditions."--James C. Dobbinsauthor of Jodo Shinshu: Shin Buddhism in Medieval Japan