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Rescued from the NationAnagarika Dharmapala and the Buddhist World$
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Steven Kemper

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226199078

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226199108.001.0001

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Buddhists in Japan

Buddhists in Japan

(p.116) Chapter Two Buddhists in Japan
Rescued from the Nation

Steven Kemper

University of Chicago Press

Meiji Buddhists invited Olcott to Japan, and Dharmapala followed after. The Japanese wanted Olcott to show them ways to resist Christian missionizing, and he insisted that the first step was bringing Buddhist sects in Japan into institutional unity. Dharmapala returned to Japan three times, convinced of Japan’s potential as a civilizing force and its financial capacity to support his efforts to reclaim Bodh Gaya, the place where the Buddha received his Enlightenment. In that cause Dharmapala had to do more than negotiate sectarian differences. He had to convince Japanese Buddhists that India was a real place, not a heavenly one. His meeting with Chigaku Tanaka proved just how unlikely a unified Buddhist world was going to be, revealing how one Nichirenist movement—Kokochukai-—conceptualized the place of India in creating its own united Buddhist world.

Keywords:   Meiji Buddhism, sectarianism, Christian missionizing, Chigaku Tanaka, civilizing force, Henry Steel Olcott

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