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Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Richard M. Jaffe, Jeff Wilson, and Tomoe Moriya

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520269170

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520269170.001.0001

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A Contemporary Buddhist View of Shinto

A Contemporary Buddhist View of Shinto

(p.65) 9 A Contemporary Buddhist View of Shinto
Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III
Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, Richard M. Jaffe
University of California Press

This chapter contains an essay written by D. T. Suzuki in which he criticized Shinto, arguing that “the modern interpretation of Shinto” is different from the premodern religious tradition. Suzuki claims that the pro-Shinto policy of the government is too partial and that official Shinto is incapable of relating to a deep inner personal experience. According to Suzuki, Shinto used to be completely absorbed in the system of Buddhism, but the so-called Shinto shrines are now devoid of all vestige of Buddhist influence. He accuses the chief Restoration leaders of dispossessing Buddhism of most of its properties and leaving it to its own fate. Suzuki also asserts that the Shinto of bureaucratic imperialism has no sound philosophy to support its ethical ideals of so-called national morality and calls on the Japanese government authorities to stop further meddling with Shinto.

Keywords:   national morality, D. T. Suzuki, Shinto, Buddhism, Shinto shrines, Restoration, bureaucratic imperialism, Japan

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