Religious Care by Zen Buddhist Monks: A Response to Criticism of "Funeral Buddhism"

Rev Yozo Taniyama, Carl B. Becker

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    Abstract

    This study suggests that Buddhist priests' sutra chanting can heal troubled and bereaved people. Sutra chanting can include home visits with teatime chats, and memorial services to console the spirits of the departed. Japanese "Funeral Buddhism" has been criticized for its lack of social engagement, but home visits and memorial services may partly counter such criticisms. This study presents four cases collected through chain sampling of Zen monks using semistructured interviews in December 2012. Respondents were asked to reflect on helping laypeople along with their usual activities. Their temples are in suburban areas of cities affected by the 3.11 earthquake-tsunami disaster.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)49-60
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work
    Volume33
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

    Keywords

    • Buddhist care
    • bereavement
    • death and dying
    • grief
    • memorial services
    • religious care
    • social work

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Religious studies
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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