Contemporary Approaches to Buddhist Philosophy and Ethics

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 December 2024 | Viewed by 1046

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Dear Colleagues,

Like all living beings, adherents to religious and philosophical traditions have endeavored to adapt to changing circumstances. Modern, postmodern and postcolonial contexts have been filled with turmoil regarding traditional philosophies and religions. In the contemporary world, Buddhists have been particularly creative in steering between reaction and secularism in order to realize and demonstrate their tradition’s ongoing relevance to scientific, political and liberatory thought and values. This Special Issue will include academic philosophy and practical—often also philosophical—ethics. Articles may agree or disagree with various aspects of Buddhism.

Several academic articles will cover doctrines such as dependent origination, impermanence, and others as treated variously by philosophical successions such as Abhidharma, Mādhyamaka and Yogācāra. Classic interpretations of basic Buddhist doctrines will be engaged with contemporary philosophy of science, mind and religion, cognitive science, phenomenology and existentialism on topics such as causality, process, spirituality and embodiment.

Life, including contemporary life, is not entirely captured by academic research on abstract topics.  Articles on contemporary Buddhist practical ethics include theories only as integral to the implementation of strategies for ethical struggle. These essays will cover what has been broadly described as socially engaged Buddhism on issues such as spiritual values, justice and equity, peacekeeping, feminism and environmentalism.

We will also solicit articles on the alternative metaphysical, epistemological, existential and ethical orientations of Pure Land Buddhism.

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400–600 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send it to the Guest Editors ([email protected]) or to the Religions Editorial Office ([email protected]). Abstracts will be reviewed by the Guest Editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer-review.

Prof. Dr. David Peter Lawrence
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  • Buddhist philosophy
  • Buddhist ethics
  • intercultural philosophy
  • philosophy of mind
  • intercultural ethics
  • engaged Buddhism
  • Buddhist feminism
  • Abhidharma
  • Yogācāra
  • Mādhyamaka
  • Pure Land

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The Reception and Transformation of Ippen (1234–1289)’s Religious Tenets and Practices by Enju Kato (1919–2021) and Shōjōkō-ji
by Saiping An
Religions 2024, 15(3), 277; - 23 Feb 2024
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This article explores the reception and transformation of Ippen 一遍 (1234–1289)’s religious tenets and practices by Enju Kato 加藤円住 (1919–2021) and his temple, Shōjōkō-ji 清浄光寺. While Enju Kato asserts that his life has been dedicated to adhering and enacting Ippen’s concept of “renunciation”, [...] Read more.
This article explores the reception and transformation of Ippen 一遍 (1234–1289)’s religious tenets and practices by Enju Kato 加藤円住 (1919–2021) and his temple, Shōjōkō-ji 清浄光寺. While Enju Kato asserts that his life has been dedicated to adhering and enacting Ippen’s concept of “renunciation”, he has reinterpreted this concept based on his personal experiences and comprehension. Second, Enju Kato and Shōjōkō-ji have inherited some of Ippen’s religious practices yet adapted these to align with contemporary settings. This article presents a case study discussing the acceptance and transformation of doctrines and practices of Jishū 時宗 in the contemporary era, which has been overlooked by academia thus far. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Approaches to Buddhist Philosophy and Ethics)
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