James Mark Shields

The New Buddhist Fellowship in Meiji Japan: an early experiment in socially active secular Buddhism
James Mark Shields discusses the New Buddhist Fellowship (NBF), a group of roughly a dozen young scholars and activists in Japan who developed a more modern and secular version of Buddhism. In several important respects, the New Buddhists of early twentieth-century Japan lay the foundations for later movements such as socially engaged and secular Buddhism.
A review of ‘Reimagining Zen in a Secular age: Charles Taylor and Zen Buddhism in the West’
Charles Taylor’s discussion of secularity has provided secular Buddhists with important conceptual tools to avoid the false dichotomy between the ‘secular’ and ‘religious’ aspects of life.┬áJames M. Shields reviews a 2020 book by Andre van der Braak which explores the connection between Charles Taylor’s notion of secularity and Zen Buddhism.