Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

112 - Japanese Buddhists and Indian Buddhism: Buddhist Pilgrims, Tourists, Monks and Scholars in the Transnational Interactions Between India and Japan

7/7/2018
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Willow, First Floor

India, as the birthplace of Buddhism, has always held a reverential place in the worldviews of Japanese Buddhists, and is referred to as tenjiku (heavenly land) or saiten (western paradise) in the Buddhist scriptures of Japan. Buddhist pilgrimages from Japan to India is an important aspect of the transnational interactions between India and Japan. The purpose of this panel is to understand the impact of Buddhist pilgrimages from Japan on Buddhism in India as well as in Japan. The panel will study the impact of Japanese Buddhist pilgrimages on Buddhist revival movements in 19th and 20th century India and the contribution of Japanese Buddhists towards the restoration and development of Buddhist sites in India. The panel will focus on the interactions between Japanese Buddhists and Indian Buddhists and intellectuals such as Dharmapala, Shaku Kozen, Okakura Tenshin, Nanjo Bunyo, Fuji Nichidatsu and others. The discussion will also include the role of Indian Buddhism in the emergence of Buddhist ‘modernism’ or “Modern Buddhism” in Japan. Also, the objective is to understand the ideological implications of these interactions between Japanese and Indian Buddhists, its impact on Buddhist scholarship in Japan and on the development of ideologies such as Buddhist nationalism or Pan-Asianism in India, Japan as well as in other Asian countries. Finally, the panel will analyze these interactions between Japanese and Indian Buddhists in the global perspective and its role in the making of transnational or global Buddhism.  

Presentations:

Send Email for Ranjana Mukhopadhyaya

Send Email for Ranjana Mukhopadhyaya

Masahiko Togawa

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS), Japan

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Masahiko Togawa

Send Email for M. N. Rajesh


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