Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan
By John K. Nelson
A growing number of Shinshu priests in Japan are responding to the challenges they face by exploring new approaches
that apply Pure Land teachings to current social and political concerns. From traditional activities to the unconventional
like collaborating in suicide prevention efforts, speaking out against nuclear power, and opening cafes/pubs and storefront
temples, Dr. Nelson profiles the creative as well as controversial efforts to engage younger generations without alienating
older temple patrons.