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New Trends in Dōgen Studies in Japan

Ishii Seijun

in Dōgen

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199754465
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932801 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754465.003.0010
New Trends in Dōgen Studies in Japan

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This chapter discusses the two major currents in the study of the teachings and institutional legacy of Dōgen in modern Japan, called Sōtō Shūgaku in Japanese and referred to here as Sōtō Theology. The first is the traditionalistic approach undertaken within the Sōtō school, which began in the Edo period and was designed to construct the identity of Sōtō sectarian followers as legitimate successors to Dōgen's ideas and monastic style. The second major current of the study of Dōgen involves the emergence of a number of diverse methodological approaches, including philosophical commentary and the impact of Lay Buddhism, as well contemporary historical and linguistic criticism that highlights the role of Dōgen's citations of Chinese Chan Buddhist teachings, in addition to the social criticism of the method known as Hihan Shūgaku, or Critical Sōtō Theology.

Keywords: Dōgen; ōtō Shūgaku; Sōtō Theology; Lay Buddhism; philosophical commentary; Chinese Chan; Hihan Shūgaku

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Subjects: Buddhism

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