Japan

  • Buddha Buzz: Beautiful Sutras and Old Postcards Paid Member

    Earlier this month, the New York Public Library released 180,000 public domain images, texts, maps, and other materials for view, download, and use.  The collection has quite a few (beautiful) prints from the 16th century Sutra of the Ten Kings of Hell—which depicts the Buddhist hell realm of souls being judged after death—as well as travel postcards showing Buddhist monks and meditators in Asia in the early 20th century. Here are a few of our favorite images from the collection: (The Sutra of the Ten Kings of Hell, 1594) (The Sutra of the Ten Kings of Hell, 1594) More »
  • Mountain and River on the Kiso Road Paid Member

    Mountain and River on the Kiso Road The weasel in its Winter fur lies downto dream. The silent filmfreezes. Snow shuddering from shoulders,the animal looks asleep.Now landscape is deadened,unblemished by fantasy.Ice in the blue insistencehas no emotion. How gloriousits absence, the blankness of snowflakeswhen they hit, unheard hiss of is, is, is …  More »
  • Peace and Politics Paid Member

    The Japanese parliament, known as the Diet, is generally a fairly sedate place, but in late September it was the site of an extraordinary scene in which Japanese lawmakers crash-tackled and wrestled each other to the ground during a vote for laws that would, if passed, radically redefine Japan's security posture. On Sept. 19, 2015, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (the LDP) achieved its goal: voting in a package of laws that would allow Japanese soldiers to fight overseas for the first time since the end of World War II. The laws allow for “collective-self defense,” meaning that Japan can, when a threat is considered significant enough, fight not just in self-defense but also in defense of its allies.  More »
  • Actualizing The Fundamental Point Paid Member

    As all things are buddhadharma, there are delusion, realization, practice, birth and death, buddhas and sentient beings. As myriad things are without an abiding self, there is no delusion, no realization, no buddha, no sentient being, no birth and death. The Buddha way, in essence, is leaping clear of abundance and lack; thus there are birth and death, delusion and realization, sentient beings and buddhas. Yet in attachment blossoms fall, and in aversion weeds spread.  To carry the self forward and illuminate myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and illuminate the self is awakening.  More »
  • Incense Thrown on the Buddha Paid Member

    The influence of Zen Master Ikkyu (1394–1481) permeates the full field of medieval Japanese aesthetics. Though best known as a poet, he was central to the shaping and reshaping of practices in calligraphy, Noh theater, tea ceremony, and rock gardening, all of which now define Japan's sense of its cultural tradition.  More »
  • No More Nukes Paid Member

    In 1975, Daisaku Ikeda met with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to urge the de-escalation of nuclear tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union.  More »