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Beyond Satori: New Studies of Japanese Religious Experience

Beyond Satori: New Studies of Japanese Religious Experience FEATURE REVIEW Victor Forte Religious Studies Department, Albright College Shinto: The Way Home. By Thomas P. Kasulis. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2004. Pp. xx þ 184. $15.00. Ritual Practice in Modern Japan: Ordering Place, People and Action. By Satsuki Kawano. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2005. Pp. viii þ 152. $17.00. The Prince and the Monk: Shotoku Worship in Shinran's Buddhism. By Kenneth Doo ¯ Young Lee. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007. Pp. 231. $25.95. The Western fascination with Asian religiosity over the past century has certainly inspired a high level of scholarship in our attempts to understand and absorb the religious possibilities of the East. Yet this effort has generally been rather narrow in focus, even in the work of our best, most adventurous scholars. The amount of material produced on Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism, for example, has been ¯ oceanic in comparison to the trickle of works devoted to other religious schools in South and East Asia. One could speculate why this has been the case--perhaps the self-power systems of the East appealed to Western individualism and offered a welcome alternative just as the conflicts between our own inherited religious traditions http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Beyond Satori: New Studies of Japanese Religious Experience

Philosophy East and West , Volume 60 (1) – Jan 24, 2009

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FEATURE REVIEW Victor Forte Religious Studies Department, Albright College Shinto: The Way Home. By Thomas P. Kasulis. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2004. Pp. xx þ 184. $15.00. Ritual Practice in Modern Japan: Ordering Place, People and Action. By Satsuki Kawano. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2005. Pp. viii þ 152. $17.00. The Prince and the Monk: Shotoku Worship in Shinran's Buddhism. By Kenneth Doo ¯ Young Lee. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007. Pp. 231. $25.95. The Western fascination with Asian religiosity over the past century has certainly inspired a high level of scholarship in our attempts to understand and absorb the religious possibilities of the East. Yet this effort has generally been rather narrow in focus, even in the work of our best, most adventurous scholars. The amount of material produced on Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism, for example, has been ¯ oceanic in comparison to the trickle of works devoted to other religious schools in South and East Asia. One could speculate why this has been the case--perhaps the self-power systems of the East appealed to Western individualism and offered a welcome alternative just as the conflicts between our own inherited religious traditions

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Published: Jan 24, 2009

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