Seno’o Giro and the Dilemma of Modern Buddhism: Leftist Prophet of the Lotus Sutra by Whalen Lai


The Importance of the role of the Lotus Sutra in Japanese Buddhism is generally well appreciated by scholars of religion and history.  Since its introduction to Japan by monk Saicho in the Heian period this sutra has been strongly associated with the welfare of the nation, and its nationalistic character was further emphasized by Nichiren founder of Nichirenshu.  It would be no exaggeration to say that in the modern period the Lotus Sutra is firmly identifed in the popular mind with the political right.

But in the midst of that is one fascinating figure Seno’o Giro (1890-1961), founder of the short-lived Shinko Bukkyo Seinen Domei (Assocation of New Buddhist Youths, (1931-1936), who stands out as a lone spokesman for the political left.

Whalen Lai

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