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Seeking Sakyamuni: South Asia in the Formation of Modern Japanese Buddhism

Richard M. Jaffe


Though fascinated with the land of their tradition’s birth, virtually no Japanese Buddhists visited the Indian subcontinent before the nineteenth century. In this richly illustrated book, The book reveals the experiences of the first Japanese Buddhists who traveled to South Asia in search of Buddhist knowledge beginning in 1873. Analyzing the impact of these voyages on Japanese conceptions of Buddhism, the book argues that South Asia developed into a pivotal nexus for the development of twentieth-century Japanese Buddhism. The book shows that Japan’s growing economic ties to the subcontinent f ... More

Keywords: Japan, Buddhism, India, pilgrimage, pan-Asianism, art, architecture, Śākyamuni

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226391144
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226628233.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard M. Jaffe, author
Duke University