History of Japanese Religion: With Special Reference to the Social and Moral Life of the Nation

History of Japanese Religion: With Special Reference to the Social and Moral Life of the Nation

History of Japanese Religion: With Special Reference to the Social and Moral Life of the Nation

History of Japanese Religion: With Special Reference to the Social and Moral Life of the Nation

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In putting this book before the Occidental public, the author, an Oriental, wishes to acknowledge his indebtedness to the modern science of the Occident.For it is modern science that has trained his mind in its methods and scope, and opened his eyes to many aspects of the present subject which otherwise would have remained unnoticed. At the same time gratitude is due to the sages and saints of the Orient whose souls and spirits have inspired and moulded the author's spiritual life, however meagre and unworthy it be.

The original draft of the present book was an outcome of the author's lectures at Harvard University during the years 1913-15, when he had the honour of occupying there the chair of Japanese Literature and Life.In response to the encouragement given by several friends at Harvard, the author tried to put the material of the lectures into book form and redrafted it from time to time.Some parts were translated into French for a series of lectures at the Collège de France, in 1919, and the result was Quelques pages de l'histoire religieuse du Japon. Another invitation, from the Pacific School of Religion in 1921, gave occasion for preparing lectures on the contemporary religious movements, and the results were published in The Religious and Social Problems of the Orient. In fact, the years after the Great War saw more unrest and turbulence . . .

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