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Document Type(s):Book
Book Title:Practically Religious: Worldly Benefits and the Common Religion of Japan
Author(s):Reader, Ian; Tanabe Jr., George J
Publisher Name:University of Hawaii Press
Place of Publication:Honolulu, Hawaii
Date of Publication:1998
Annotation:Reader and Tanabe examine the widely used concept genze riyaku (this-worldly benefits) from a traditional Buddhist and Shinto perspective in light of its contemporary usage in new religious movements. They draw on Buddhist scriptures and other religious texts that legitimate genze riyaku and demonstrate how benefits are not free but are the result of “deliberate, ethical, and correct action.” They look at the providers of the benefits (i.e., gods, deities, buddhas, bodhisattvas, saints, etc.), the close relationship between entertainment and religious practice, amulets and how they are marketed, and the selling of religion.
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