Monk offers a taste of religion to young minds

National / Social Issues 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 traditional ...

Monk spends three decades in Kukai's wake

National 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 revived ...