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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien



Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
3-3-6 Kudan-Minami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0074
Tel: 03 – 3222 5146, Fax: 03 – 3222 5420


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Please register by fax or email to Monika Schrimpf:

Consultation, Counseling, and Healing in Japanese New Religious and New Spirituality Movements

March 13, 2004

 Many of the New Religious Movements offer their members individual assistance to deal with the ups-and-downs of their lives. This support may range from moral guidance and consultation on daily affairs and individual counseling to resolve conflicts to the healing of physical illness and injuries. Especially the so-called New Spirituality Movements (shin reisei undō) emphasize the importance of spiritual health.

   The aim of this workshop is to discuss the forms, contents and intentions of religious ‘life assistance’ from different perspectives.  Aside from presenting an array of approaches to these problems as practiced by a number of religious groups, the contributions are intended to foster reflections on the social, mental and spiritual aspects of health within the context of New Religious and New Spirituality Movements in Japan.


13:00 - 14:50
First Session

Consultation and Guidance in Shinnyo-en and PL Kyōdan

Monika Schrimpf

German Institute for Japanese Studies

Lateral Support and Vertical Tension: Structural Dynamics, Therapeutic Functions and Administrative Control in Soka Gakkai

Levi McLaughlin


Monika Schrimpf

German Institute for Japanese Studies

Opening remarks

Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit

German Institute for Japanese Studies

15:50 - 16:10
Coffee Break

16:10 - 17:00
Second Session

Discourse on Spirituality in Japan from 2000 to 2003: Intersection of Psychology, Religious Studies, and Media (in Japanese)

Horie Norichika


Mira Sonntag

18:30 -
Reception party

14:50 - 15:00
Coffee Break

15:00 - 15:50
First Session (contimued)

Healing Modalities in GLA

Christal Whelan

17:00 - 17:05

17:05 - 18:30
Second Session (continued)

Aspects of Religion, Religiousness and Spirituality in the Medical and Healthcare Context in New Religious Movements

Furusawa Yumi


Matusoka Hideaki

Final Discussion