Buddhist hells are frighteningly human

Aug 8, 2017

Buddhist hells are frighteningly human

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Popularly known as Genshin (942-1017), the high-ranking Buddhist prelate Eshin Sozu was said to have been born following his devout mother's prayers to the Kannon of Takaoji Temple in Taima, Nara Prefecture. Genshin began the road to monkhood in youth, studying at Kyoto's Enryakuji Temple ...

Kaikei: the name behind the gods

May 23, 2017

Kaikei: the name behind the gods

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Kamakura Period (1185-1333) Buddhist sculptures often come down to us under the individual names of makers (when known) though they were often fashioned in workshops by multiple hands. A significant 13th-century work would employ a dozen or so team members and assistants and draw ...

Struggling Buddhist temples turn to tours to boost finances

Mar 3, 2017

Struggling Buddhist temples turn to tours to boost finances

A Tokyo-based firm offering tours at temples in Tokyo and Kyoto, where visitors can transcribe Buddhist sutras and meditate in a zazen seated position, says the attraction is proving popular among tourists. The operator, Share Wing, which started the service in collaboration with travel agencies ...

Buddhist priest contemplates canoe gold at Rio Olympics

Jul 25, 2016

Buddhist priest contemplates canoe gold at Rio Olympics

When he's not chanting and living the austere life of a Buddhist priest, Kazuki Yazawa contemplates Olympic gold. The 27-year-old Yazawa will represent Japan in canoe slalom at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics where he hopes to use his mental toughness and skill to bring ...