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 ...

Monk spends three decades in Kukai's wake

Dec 31, 2013

Monk spends three decades in Kukai's wake

by Shigeru Nishino

A monk from Mount Koya in Wakayama Prefecture has been making pilgrimages to China for 30 years, following in the footsteps of Kukai, the Japanese monk who founded the Shingon sect of Buddhism in the early ninth century. “Kukai and Mikkyo (esoteric Buddhism) have ...