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Seno'o Girō's Buddhist Socialism, Antiwar Movement, and Dialogue with Social Christianity in 1930s–1940s Japan

Seno'o Girō's Buddhist Socialism, Antiwar Movement, and Dialogue with Social Christianity in... Seno’o Girō’s Buddhist Socialism, Antiwar Movement, and Dialogue with Social Christianity in 1930s–1940s Japan Kunihiko Terasawa Seno’o Girō (1889–1961) founded The Youth League for Revitalizing Buddhism (YLRB) on April 15, 1931. Seno’o Girō was an important Buddhist figure in prewar Japan as one of a few Buddhists who organized resistance movements against ultranationalistic war ideology and militarism. Seno’o not only worked among Buddhists, but also allied with non-Buddhists, such as labor unions, socialists, Christians, and Marxists unifying the Popular Front during the 1930s. Many young Buddhists came to join the YLRB, bridging sectarian divisions, even though Seno’o was a lay priest of Nichiren Buddhism. The YLRB was the declaration of a social Buddhism. The motto of the YLRB was “To Bear the Buddha into the Streets and Villages.” Seno’o was the chairperson of the YLRB. They proclaimed: 1. We have to return to Buddha, Sakyamuni himself beyond denomination. 2. We have to reform Buddhism that is now like a dead corpse, which is too stagnant, superstitious, and corrupt to fit the new age. 3. We have to fight against the exploitation by capitalism, and to create a new society.1 The YLRB’s membership was three thousand people at its http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Seno'o Girō's Buddhist Socialism, Antiwar Movement, and Dialogue with Social Christianity in 1930s–1940s Japan

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 37 – Oct 28, 2017

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Seno’o Girō’s Buddhist Socialism, Antiwar Movement, and Dialogue with Social Christianity in 1930s–1940s Japan Kunihiko Terasawa Seno’o Girō (1889–1961) founded The Youth League for Revitalizing Buddhism (YLRB) on April 15, 1931. Seno’o Girō was an important Buddhist figure in prewar Japan as one of a few Buddhists who organized resistance movements against ultranationalistic war ideology and militarism. Seno’o not only worked among Buddhists, but also allied with non-Buddhists, such as labor unions, socialists, Christians, and Marxists unifying the Popular Front during the 1930s. Many young Buddhists came to join the YLRB, bridging sectarian divisions, even though Seno’o was a lay priest of Nichiren Buddhism. The YLRB was the declaration of a social Buddhism. The motto of the YLRB was “To Bear the Buddha into the Streets and Villages.” Seno’o was the chairperson of the YLRB. They proclaimed: 1. We have to return to Buddha, Sakyamuni himself beyond denomination. 2. We have to reform Buddhism that is now like a dead corpse, which is too stagnant, superstitious, and corrupt to fit the new age. 3. We have to fight against the exploitation by capitalism, and to create a new society.1 The YLRB’s membership was three thousand people at its

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Published: Oct 28, 2017

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