1915,pp. 232-47. A fuller treatment of the subject of Japanese Buddhism will be found in the Deems Lectures for 19x3,which Dr. Reischauer hog"" to publish early in 1916. IRM. July 1914, p p 47+87 a d April 36* INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF MISSIONS or less extent the direction and speed of the new currents of life which are flowing into this land from other sources. But that Buddhism is not altogether a spent force or a dried-up stream may be seen from the fact that the great masses of the people, especially the rural and village communities which comprise about eighty per cent of the population, are more or less earnest Buddhists. There are still, in round numbers, 72,000 temples, 37,000 Buddha halls and numerous small private shrines. Statistics as t o the number of priests, monks and neophytes are difficult. t o secure, but it would seem that these number at least 115,000 ; and of these about 70,000 are classified as propagandists. The city of Kyoto, a few years ago, saw the erection of a temple which cost over $1,500,000. The massive pillars of this imposing structure were hoisted into place by long ropes made of the
International Review of Mission – Wiley
Published: Oct 1, 1915
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