18. The Concept of the Pure Land
Interactions with Japanese Buddhism - Explorations and Viewpoints in Twentieth Century Kyōto - Michael Pye
Kaneko Daiei † [+]
A Japanese Buddhist philosopher who studied with Kiyozawa Manshi, Kaneko Daiei (1881-1976) taught for several years at Ōtani University. In 1928 he was excommunicated from Jodo Shinshu for having charged the organization with materialism but a decade later his excommunication was overturned.
This essay written in 1925 in Japanese, displays a distinctly modern orientation, as the author explores the relationship between myth and consciousness and assumes the abandonment of religious naivety.