Traversing the Nenbutsu: The Power of Ritual in Contemporary Japanese Buddhism

@article{Gillson2019TraversingTN,
  title={Traversing the Nenbutsu: The Power of Ritual in Contemporary Japanese Buddhism},
  author={G. Gillson},
  journal={Japanese Journal of Religious Studies},
  year={2019},
  volume={46},
  pages={31}
}
  • G. Gillson
  • Published 2019
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Gwendolyn Gillson is Assistant Professor of Asian studies at Illinois College. Japanese Buddhism is often disparagingly called “funeral Buddhism” due to its supposed focus on death care. This is accompanied by a belief that contemporary Buddhism is spiritually bankrupt, merely carrying out meaningless rituals. However, the women in the Bukkyō josei no tsudoi and the nenbutsu meeting affiliated with the Jōdoshū, one of the sects of funeral Buddhism, reveal how contemporary Buddhist women… Expand