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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the political history of Japanese Buddhism.


Six Superlative Sources

· Adolphson, Mikael S. "The Gates of Power: Monks, Courtiers, and Warriors in Premodern Japan." University of Hawaii Press, 2000.

· Grappard, Allan. "Institution, Ritual, and Ideology: The Twenty-Two Shrine-Temple Multiplexes of Heian Japan." History of Religions 27:3 (1988).

· Ives, Christopher. "The Mobilization of Doctrine: Buddhist Contributions to Imperial Ideology in Modern Japan." Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 26:1-2 (Spring 1999).

· Ketelaar, James Edward. "Of Heretics and Martyrs in Meiji Japan: Buddhism and Its Persectution." Princeton University Press, 1990.

· McMullin, Neil. "Buddhism and the State in Sixteenth-Century Japan." Princeton University Press, 1984.

· Victoria, Brian. "Zen at War." Weatherhill, 1997.

Other Excellent Sources

· Heisig, James W., and Maraldo, John C., eds. "Rude Awakenings: Zen, the Kyoto School, and the Question of Nationalism." University of Hawaii Press, 1994.

· Ives, Christopher. "Zen Awakening and Society." Macmillan Press; University of Hawaii Press, 1992.

· Kitagawa, Joseph. "Religion in Japanese History." Columbia University Press, 1966.

· McMullin, Neil. "The Lotus Sutra and Politics in the Mid-Heian Period." In "The Lotus Sutra in Japanese Culture," George Tanabe and Willa Jane Tanabe, eds. University of Hawaii Press, 1989.

· Tamura, Yoshiro. "Japanese Buddhism: A Cultural History." Kosei Publishing, 2000.

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