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Against Harmony: Progressive and Radical Buddhism in Modern Japan

James Mark Shields


Against Harmony traces the history of progressive and radical experiments in Japanese Buddhist thought and practice from the mid-Meiji period through the early Shōwa period (1885–1935), when historical events coalesced to eliminate all such experiments. It is a work of both intellectual history and of critical, comparative thought. Perhaps the two best representations of progressive Buddhism during this period were the New Buddhist Fellowship (1899–1915) and the Youth League for Revitalizing Buddhism (1931–1936). Both were nonsectarian, lay movements comprising young men with education in clas ... More

Keywords: Japan, Buddhism, New Buddhism, Marxism, radicalism, revolution, progress, modernity, socialism, utopia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190664008
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190664008.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Mark Shields, author
Associate Professor, Bucknell University