Learning and Mission in The Eastern Buddhist

The purpose of this paper, first delivered in Japanese in 2018, is to consider how scholarly or academic studies of Buddhism can have relevance to practical life. Can Buddhist Studies Japanese: bukkyōgaku) “be real”– to quote the phrase which now symbolizes Otani University in Kyoto? Similar questio...

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Main Author: Pye, Michael
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2020
Gesellschaftswissenschaften und Philosophie
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Summary:The purpose of this paper, first delivered in Japanese in 2018, is to consider how scholarly or academic studies of Buddhism can have relevance to practical life. Can Buddhist Studies Japanese: bukkyōgaku) “be real”– to quote the phrase which now symbolizes Otani University in Kyoto? Similar questions apply in the case of Christian Studies, Muslim Studies, Tenrikyō Studies, and so on. If practical issues are the guiding interest, can the research itself be at the same time independent and academic? Special reference is made here to The Eastern Buddhist, a journal founded in 1921 by a small group of scholars led by Suzuki Daisetsu. (The present writer served as General Editor of this journal for several years, retiring in 2019.)
Physical Description:10 Pages
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/es2020.0002