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None But "We Heathen": Shaku Soen at the World's Parliament of Religions

Walters, Michael (2007) None But "We Heathen": Shaku Soen at the World's Parliament of Religions. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The aftermath of the performance by the Japanese delegation at the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 has been well documented—it marked the beginning of the West's introduction to Japanese Buddhism. What has been less well documented is the intellectual background and influences that went into producing that performance, in particular the performance of the man who would eventually emerge as the delegation's most historically prominent member, Shaku Soen (1859-1919). This paper attempts to use Soen as a case study to examine the intellectual and political milieu which Japanese Buddhism helped to inform, and was informed by, during the Meiji Era (1868-1912). It draws upon established research, as well as primary sources (including Soen's own Parliament addresses, writings, and journals) in order to support this examination.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Walters, Michaelmew11@pitt.eduMEW11
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairChilson, Clarkchilson@pitt.eduCHILSON
Committee MemberMcDonald, Keikokeiko@pitt.eduKEIKO
Committee MemberSmethurst, Richardrsmet@pitt.eduRSMET
Date: 19 September 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 4 May 2007
Approval Date: 19 September 2007
Submission Date: 31 July 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > East Asian Studies
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Henry Steel Olcott; Imakita Kosen; Zen
Other ID:, etd-07312007-094639
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:55
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:47


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