Empire of the Dharma: Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877-1912

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Empire of the Dharma: Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877-1912

Format:  Hardcover,

415 pages

Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr

Publish Date: Mar 2013

ISBN-13: 9780674065758

ISBN-10: 0674065751

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"Empire of the Dharma" explores the dynamic relationship between Korean and Japanese Buddhists in the years leading up to the Japanese annexation of Korea. Conventional narratives cast this relationship in politicized terms, with Korean Buddhists portrayed as complicit in the religious annexation of the peninsula. However, this view fails to account for the diverse visions, interests, and strategies that drove both sides.

Hwansoo Ilmee Kim complicates this politicized account of religious interchange by reexamining the alliance forged in 1910 between the Japanese Soto sect and the Korean Wonjong order. The author argues that their ties involved not so much political ideology as mutual benefit. Both wished to strengthen Buddhism s precarious position within Korean society and curb Christianity s growing influence. Korean Buddhist monastics sought to leverage Japanese resources as a way of advancing themselves and their temples, and missionaries of Japanese Buddhist sects competed with one another to dominate Buddhism on the peninsula. This strategic alliance pushed both sides to confront new ideas about the place of religion in modern society and framed the way that many Korean and Japanese Buddhists came to think about the future of their shared religion.

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Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
Publish Date: Mar 2013
ISBN-13: 9780674065758
ISBN-10: 0674065751
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 415
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.5
Walmart No.: 9780674065758

Chapter outline

List of Maps, Tables, and Figures
Map of Thirty Head Temples
Map of Seoul, 1900
Chronology of Major Events
Major Historical Periods
Key Institutions and Individuals
Major Movements and Organizations
Introduction
The History of Buddhism in Korea and Japan
Encounters between Japanese Priests and Korean Monks
Japanese Buddhist Missions to Korea
Regulations, Alliances, and Backlash
Takeda Hanshi as a Sotoshu Missionary
The Wonjong and Sotoshus Attempted Alliance
The Alliance's Failure and the 1911 Temple Ordinance
Conclusion: Toward a New History
Postscript: The Enduring Impact of the 1911 Temple Ordinance
Reference Matter
Glossary
Works Cited
Index

Book description

Empire of the Dharma explores the dynamic relationship between Korean and Japanese Buddhists in the years leading up to the Japanese annexation of Korea. Conventional narratives cast this relationship in politicized terms, with Korean Buddhists portrayed as complicit in the religious annexation of the peninsula. However, this view fails to account for the diverse visions, interests, and strategies that drove both sides.

Hwansoo Ilmee Kim complicates this politicized account of religious interchange by reexamining the alliance forged in 1910 between the Japanese Soto sect and the Korean Wonjong order. The author argues that their ties involved not so much political ideology as mutual benefit. Both wished to strengthen Buddhism’s precarious position within Korean society and curb Christianity’s growing influence. Korean Buddhist monastics sought to leverage Japanese resources as a way of advancing themselves and their temples, and missionaries of Japanese Buddhist sects competed with one another to dominate Buddhism on the peninsula. This strategic alliance pushed both sides to confront new ideas about the place of religion in modern society and framed the way that many Korean and Japanese Buddhists came to think about the future of their shared religion.

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