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 ...

Cats get the cream at Fukui temple

Jun 26, 2014

Cats get the cream at Fukui temple

Nicknamed “the temple of cats,” Gotanjoji in Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, continues to draw thousands of tourists every year after more than a decade of caring for abandoned cats. Since the monks at the Soto Zen temple took in the first four stray cats 12 ...

Nagoya temple erects Home-for-all for guests

| Oct 18, 2013

Nagoya temple erects Home-for-all for guests

Aioiyama Tokurinji Temple in Tenpaku Ward, Nagoya, is currently building a guest house named Home-for-all within its premises. The house will be fitted with a solar power system and will be self-sufficient energywise. The temple will open the house to those who need a ...

Buddhist bash offers up some spiritual relief

Apr 19, 2013

Buddhist bash offers up some spiritual relief

by Tomoko Otake

Most Japanese people come in contact with Buddhist priests on formal occasions, such as when a family member passes away. But a cross-denominational group of young Buddhist monks is trying to change that — by putting together a unique cultural event involving three Buddhist ...