Post-modern Shinshu: part one

Somewhat related to our last episode on the one thing that unites all Buddhist schools, this week Harry and Scott talk about a post-modern Shin Buddhism. To really talk about post-modernity, of course, we needed to dwell a bit on modernity and how its use of meta-narratives helped explain the world. But the meta-narratives also ranked and valued different cultures (and since they were the ones doing the ranking, the Europeans usually came out on top). This is what post-modernity reacts to by deconstructing narratives, opening up the possibility of multiple and relative truths. Despite how unsettling that can be, we suggest it’s not such a bad thing to be critical of our inherited narratives, especially in Buddhism. Before running out of time, we touch on the multiple narratives within the Mahayana as well as inter-sectarian debate and dialogue within contemporary Buddhism.

This is part one of a two parter, so don’t forget to check back on the March 20th for the conclusion. (And our one-year anniversary!)

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In this episode, Scott quotes from Religion and Globalization by John Esposito, Darrell Fasching, and Todd Lewis.