Analysis of “Ethnic” versus “Convert” Versions of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism This religious study will analyze the important differences between Canadian Jodo Shinshu and that of the Japanese form that is practiced in a predominately white culture in British Columbia. The freer, more mental, and less traditional expression of the recitation of Nembutsu in Canadian Jodo Shinshu is one important aspect of Buddhist practice that differs from that of Japanese version of the faith. In one way, the homeland Japanese “ethnic” practice of the faith in Japan is more restrictive than it would be in the more “convert” Caucasian Buddhist temples now found in British Columbia. The minority status of “ethnic” practitioners of Jodo Shinshu in British Canada...The end:
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