This paper introduces the teachings of three contemporary practitioners of Tendai Buddhism. I argue that the study of Japanese Buddhism has focused on doctrine and the past to the detriment of our understanding of contemporary teaching. Through an examination of the teachings of contemporary practitioners of austerities, I show that practice is drawn on as a source more than classical doctrine, that conservative values are prized, and that the teachings show strong similarities to the teachings of the new religions, suggesting a broad-based shared worldview.
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Covell, Stephen G., "Learning to Persevere: The Popular Teachings of Tendai Ascetics" (2004). Comparative Religion Publications. 4.
Covell, Stephen. "Learning to Persevere: The Popular Teachings of Tendai Ascetics." Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 31, no. 2 (2004): 255-87.