By Christopher Harding
Since the overdue 19th century, non secular principles and practices in Japan became more and more intertwined with these linked to psychological well-being and therapeutic. This dating constructed opposed to the backdrop of a miles broader, and deeply consequential assembly: among Japan’s long-standing, Chinese-influenced highbrow and institutional kinds, and the politics, technology, philosophy, and faith of the post-Enlightenment West. In striving to craft a latest society and tradition that can exist on phrases with – instead of be subsumed via – western strength and effect, Japan turned domestic to a religion--psy discussion proficient by way of urgent political priorities and swiftly transferring cultural concerns.
This booklet presents a traditionally contextualized creation to the discussion among faith and psychotherapy in smooth Japan. In doing so, it attracts out connections among advancements in medication, executive coverage, jap faith and spirituality, social and cultural feedback, nearby dynamics, and gender family. The chapters all specialise in the assembly and intermingling of spiritual with psychotherapeutic principles and draw on quite a lot of case reports together with: how temple and shrine ‘cures’ of early glossy Japan fared within the gentle of German neuropsychiatry; how eastern Buddhist theories of brain, physique, and self-cultivation negotiated with the findings of western medication; how Buddhists, Christians, and different organisations and teams drew and redrew the traces among non secular praxis and mental therapeutic; how significant eu treatments corresponding to Freud’s fed into self-consciously eastern analyses of and coverings for the ills of the age; and the way misery, agony, and individuality got here to be reinterpreted around the 20th and early twenty-first centuries, from the southern islands of Okinawa to the devastated northern neighbourhoods of the Tohoku zone after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear failures of March 2011.
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Our focus in particular is upon the meeting and intermingling of religious with psychotherapeutic ideas: how temple and shrine ‘cures’ of early modern Japan fared in the light of German neuropsychiatry; how Japanese Buddhist theories of mind, body, and self-cultivation negotiated with the findings of western medicine; how Buddhists, Christians, and other organizations and groups drew and redrew the lines between religious praxis and psychological healing; how major European therapies such as Freud’s fed into self-consciously Japanese analyses of and treatments for the ills of the age; and how distress, suffering, and individuality came to be reinterpreted across the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, from the southern islands of Okinawa to the devastated northern neighbourhoods of the Tohoku region after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters of March 2011.
Religion and psychotherapy in modern Japan by Christopher Harding