The Rise of the New Spirituality

Shimazono Susumu, Tim Graf

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This chapter identifies the evolving characteristics of the ‘new spirituality culture’ (shin reisei bunka 新霊性文化) in Japan, a culture that is differentiated from traditional religion and traditional notions of ‘spirituality’ by its embrace of seemingly secular concerns like healthcare and healing, business ethics and self-help. This discussion will introduce seminal individuals from the 1970s and 80s who shifted the understanding of spirituality towards a definition that encompasses new understandings of consciousness and body and thus helped broaden the conception of spirituality that emerged in the 1990s. These profiles are followed by a discussion of the spread and application of spirituality through health care and
the hospice movement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Religions in Contemporary Japan
EditorsInken Prohl, John Nelson
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9789004234369
ISBN (Print)9789004234352
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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