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ZEN

A statue of Santoku Taneda stands at Hofu Station in Hofu, Yamagata Prefecture,  where the Zen monk was born in 1882.
JAPAN / History / The Living Past
Jun 14, 2024
The joy of Zen — Part 2: Poetry
Ryokan and Santoka lived in different times, connected by a knack for words but polar opposites when it came to the monk's life they both chose.
A monk practices "zazen" (seated meditation), a practice that the monk Dogen said would help one cast aside the world in service of the Way.
JAPAN / History / The Living Past
May 17, 2024
The joy of Zen — Part 1: Prose
The writings of the monks Eisai and Dogen sought to determine the proper way to live on this Earth, in harmony with the Way.
The wedded rocks of Meoto Iwa in Mie Prefecture.
JAPAN / History
Aug 20, 2023
Good and evil defined by God … or gods
Much of our understanding of good and evil can be traced to definitions created by religion. Which religion (and definition) depends on where you live.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Apr 6, 2023
'Mister Timeless Blyth' traces the indelible influences of Zen and poetry
Alan Spence's new novel, which was nearly 10 years in the making, follows the life of R.H. Blyth, a British scholar who helped bring Japanese poetry to the West.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Nov 3, 2022
‘The Zen Diary’: Simple life lessons to feed the soul
Yuji Nakae's foodie drama, adapted from a 1978 book by the late Tsutomu Mizukami, plays out like a feature-length episode of “Chef's Table.”
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / THE LIVING PAST
Jul 17, 2022
Daisetz T. Suzuki: Zen enlightenment is not an idea, it’s an experience
Japanese Zen master Daisetz T. Suzuki gets philosophical with an eminent British historian of Japan.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
May 5, 2022
‘Master Dogen’s Zazen Meditation Handbook’: Are you searching for enlightenment? Take a seat.
Tuttle's recent translation of Zen master Eihei Dogen's writings and accompanying commentary serve as a helpful guide to the origins of Zen in Japan and the benefits of seated meditation.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 1, 2022
The Smithsonian unveils Buddhist paragons who put 'Mind Over Matter'
The National Museum of Asian Art in Washington, D.C. displays the breadth of its Zen artifacts, from both Japan and China, for the first time in a new exhibition.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Mar 27, 2022
‘Don't Worry’: Take a breather from the corporate grind with Zen lessons
Shunmyo Masuno's book of compassionate teachings addresses those who find it difficult to relieve stress, specifically the people caught up in the busyness of corporate life.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Mar 20, 2022
Japanese designers serve up unusual tableware
With more people spending time at home amid the pandemic, the demand for attractive tableware is creating new design opportunities for Japanese porcelain.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books / ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES
Jul 4, 2021
‘Paradise in Plain Sight’: You don't need to look far for life lessons
In Karen Maezen Miller's book, the Zen garden she restores to its former beauty becomes a metaphor for life.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
May 24, 2021
Marc Davies: ‘To write beautifully is to solve a fundamental problem of art’
Nationally acclaimed calligrapher Marc Davies has been practicing shodu014d since 1996, achieving the rank of Master Instructor in 2019. Here, he shares his take on the art form.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 6, 2021
Online funerals and Zen apps keep Japan’s Buddhist temples afloat
As the pandemic forces institutions around the world to change the way they do things, new endeavors are some of the ways that Buddhist groups in Japan are trying to survive.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Jan 2, 2021
‘Japanese Zen Gardens’: Unearthing the complexity of Kyoto’s gardens
Yoko Kawaguchi's book shows readers how many of Japan's gardens incorporate Buddhist principles in their designs to function as spaces for meditation and enlightenment.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / FOREIGN AGENDA
Dec 24, 2020
Making way for a new kind of Christmas
Writer William Lang's previous Christmases were all about excess — the more presents and food, the better. But this year, he's celebrating the holidays with a minimalist approach.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Oct 24, 2020
Unclutter your mind with ‘Zen Wisdom for the Anxious’
Ryuunji temple's head priest, Shinsuke Hosokawa, offers encouragement and friendly advice with 52 Zen sayings and simple English explanations.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jun 27, 2020
Zen on Zoom: Community meditation moves online
Several Japanese Buddhist temples have started digital Zen meditation sessions, bringing a sense of community to a global audience.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Feb 15, 2020
'Introduction to Zen Training': Sogen Omori's road map to enlightenment
An introduction to Zen practice, by one of Japan's leading practitioners.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books / RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOKS ABOUT JAPAN
Dec 14, 2019
'Zen in Japanese Culture': An astute explainer of Japan's spiritual aesthetics
With 'Zen in Japanese Culture,' Gavin Blair deftly sidesteps superficial how-tos and Orientalism to deliver a in-depth explainer that leaves readers wanting to dig even deeper.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Apr 17, 2019
Amil Khanzada brings meditation and tech together at one of Japan's Zen landmarks
Japan's rural towns have mainly been facing the same big challenge for the past decade: A migration to urban centers for work has left them with declining populations, which leads to a further decrease in job opportunities that makes them less attractive places to live if you're young and starting a...

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Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals