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Dixie DharmaInside a Buddhist Temple in the American South$
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Jeff Wilson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835456

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869970_wilson

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The Gift of Light

The Gift of Light

Buddhist Circuit Riders and New Religious Developments in Richmond, Virginia

(p.47) Chapter Two The Gift of Light
Dixie Dharma

Jeff Wilson

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the history of Ekoji—how it was founded and when different groups joined and occupied the temple. It describes the temple's layout and the ways in which the former house was converted or reconfigured into a Buddhist temple. The chapter also introduces Reverend Takashi Kenryu Tsuji, the founder of Ekoji. Methodists referred Tsuji as a “circuit rider” and praised his efforts to spread Buddhism in the South. Besides being a Buddhist circuit rider, Tsuji also represents another type of Buddhist leader: the modernist Shin Buddhist priest.

Keywords:   Ekoji, Buddhist temple, Takashi Kenryu Tsuji, Methodists, circuit rider, Buddhism, Shin Buddhist

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