This will be published as I am in flight back to the States. Japan Standard Time is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time. One of the oddities of traveling from Japan to the East coast of the States is that I’m leaving Japan at 4 PM on June 14 and arriving in Washington . . . → Read More: Reflections on Leaving Japan: Part 2
In the previous blog I wrote about the Bishamonten-do. Today I’ll discuss the Amidha-do.
Amidha-do is the Kengyo (exoteric) hall and larger of the two buildings. The honzon in this hall is Amidha Nyorai, as the name implies, and it also houses, the lecture hall and the living quarters. It is about 50’ . . . → Read More: Japan 8th Part 2 Tamonin Amidha-do
Tamonin Part 1 – Bishamonten-do
One of the readers asked if I could write more about Tamonin. It is a good day to do so, danka (sangha members) started showing up yesterday morning about 7:30 for a clean-up / work day. It’s funny that sangha members at Tendai Buddhist Institute are doing the same . . . → Read More: Japan 7th – Tamonin Part 1 – Bishamonten-do
A preface – This morning I received a brief message from Ryushin and Shingaku. The tornado that wreaked havoc through central Massachusetts was nearby, but they are uninjured. They are without electricity and the roads are still mostly impassable, but they are otherwise OK. Thanks for letting me know Ryushin.
The pattern . . . → Read More: Japan 6th – Religious Observance
Living at Tamonin Temple reminds me of the ambivalent attitudes that the Japanese have toward their local Buddhist temple and Shinto shrines. To the Japanese Buddhism is not so much a religion as part of their culture and a worldview that informs their daily life. Japan being a postmodern society, people also . . . → Read More: Japan 2nd
Hello from Tamonin (Bishamonten Temple) in Matsuzaki, Japan. I’ve been in Japan for about two weeks. Tamami and I arrived on May 13th and she left Japan Sunday, the 22nd While Tamami was here she helped me get settled into Tamonin, the temple we live at in Japan. We had an important . . . → Read More: Japan – The Arrival