Monk offers a taste of religion to young minds

Jun 27, 2014

Monk offers a taste of religion to young minds

by Takeshi Nishide

Gashin Tomomitsu, a 30-year-old Buddhist monk, has organized unique spiritual and cultural events over the past four years, attracting young people who would otherwise have little religious interaction in their daily lives. Offering a chance to experience chanting, flower arrangement, sutra copying and other ...

Spreading Buddhism via old-style storytelling

Feb 6, 2014

Spreading Buddhism via old-style storytelling

by Takeshi Nishide

In an effort to broaden the understanding of Buddhism among the lay population, some followers are using a traditional form of Japanese storytelling as a teaching tool. Professional storyteller Kyokudo Nankai, 49, is one of the leaders. In late December, Nankai told the story ...

Record of Miraculous Events in Japan: The Nihon ryoiki

Dec 14, 2013

Record of Miraculous Events in Japan: The Nihon ryoiki

by Elliott Samuels

Compiled in the early Heian Period (794-1192), the “Nihon ryoiki” comprises the country’s first major collection of anecdotal literature, or setsuwa. The collection contains 116 spoken stories over three volumes that were passed from person to person, village to village, until they were finally ...

Funeral gripes fuel Buddhist rethink

Dec 4, 2013

Funeral gripes fuel Buddhist rethink

by Takeshi Nishide

An increasing number of Buddhist priests are re-evaluating funeral services amid rapidly changing attitudes over the way they are conducted. Hideo Usui, chief executive of Jiin Design Co., which provides business advice to Buddhist temples, is among those helping spur the revision. In July, ...

| Nov 16, 2013

Nationalism, Tibetans and Uighurs in today's China

by Jeff Kingston

Nationalism arouses solidarity and generates identity politics that threaten ethnic and religious minorities. Defining the “we” also defines the “they” — and the latter is inexorably marginalized. Identity politics carry with them a high risk of sectarian or communal violence. State abuses of authority, ...

| Jun 1, 2013

Everyone's own path to enlightenment

by Amy Chavez

What is Buddhism? In Australia, Buddhism can be found in a cup of coffee. So waste no time and start your journey to awakening at Buddha Espresso, a cafe in Perth. If you haven’t reached enlightenment by the end of the cup, accept this ...