Rebranding the Buddha


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Christopher Harding examines how Buddhism was reimagined in early 20th century Japan in the service of militarism and nationalism. At risk of terminal decline and blamed for an economic and imaginative stranglehold on the population, its standing was transformed by the former Buddhist priest turned philosopher, Inoue Enryo, who turned "philosophical somersaults to find a basis in Buddhism for war". Producer: Sheila Cook.

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