Engaged Buddhism in Japan: An Engaged Buddhist History of Japan from the Ancient to the Modern (Vol. I)

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These volumes are the culmination of sixteen years of research and engagement in the growing Socially Engaged Buddhist movement in Japan by the International Buddhist Exchange Center (IBEC) @ Kodosan in Yokohama, Japan. They follow its two publications dedicated to the Northeast Japan tsunami and nuclear disaster in This Precious Life: Buddhist Tsunami Relief and Anti-Nuclear Activism in Post 3/11
Japan (2012) & Lotus in the Nuclear Sea: Fukushima and the Promise of Buddhism in the Nuclear Age (2013).

Volume I provides an essential presentation of historical themes that make Japanese Buddhism so unique and hard to understand for even other Buddhists in Asia. Volume I also provides a critical and comprehensive survey of Socially Engaged Buddhism in the modern era, which for the postwar period has never been fully documented. Volume II presents the new Socially Engaged Buddhist activities of 21st century Japan, a dynamic movement arising out of the social crisis of Japan’s “disconnected society” (mu-en shakai).

About the Author:
Jonathan S. Watts graduated from Princeton University in 1989 with a B.A. in comparative religions and political science. He has been
working with the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) in a variety of capacities since 1990. Living in Japan for over 25 years, he has been coordinating the Engaged Buddhist project at IBEC since 2006 and the Japan Network of Engaged Buddhists (JNEB) since 2009.