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    Memorial Day Lantern Floating Ceremony Paid Member

    If you happen to be in the Honolulu area today, be sure to head to Ala Moana Beach Park for the annual Memorial Day Lantern Floating Ceremony, hosted by the Japanese Buddhist organization Shinnyo-En. From LanternFloatingHawaii.com: More »
  • Free event May 8th at Japan Society with Sensei Bonnie Myotai Treace Paid Member

    This Sunday, May 8th, which is also Mother's Day, Sensei Bonnie Myotai Treace will host the second of her meditation classes and talks on the life and poetry of Buddhist nun Otagaki Rengetsu (1791–1875) at New York City's Japan Society. We mentioned this event, called "Spring is Hers," here. Myotai Sensei led the Tricycle Community in a wonderful retreat called "Whole Life Offering" last summer. This event is free to all. Click here to RSVP at the Japan Society at (212) 715-1224. Myotai Sensei's website: 108 bowls Further reading: More »
  • Where is the ethical dimension of Buddhist meditation in Zen? Paid Member

    In a recent edition of The Eastern Buddhist, Professor Brian Victoria continues his criticism of the writings of D. T. Suzuki. (The article is here, in PDF. The Eastern Buddhist is published in Kyoto and the original organization was founded by D. T. Suzuki in the 1920s. TEB's openness to debate on Suzuki's writing and record is to be commended.)More »
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    Watch: Buddhist monk raps to attract young converts Paid Member

    A 50-year-old Buddhist monk in Japan is making up his own rap music to attract young people to Buddhism. Via UPI.com: More »
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    Outgrowing Our Madness: A Nobel Prize winner on Japan's relationship with nuclear energy Paid Member

    This week's New Yorker magazine features a moving piece by Kenzaburo Oe, Japanese author and a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, on Japan's relationship to nuclear energy. In "Tokyo Postcard: History Repeats," Oe argues that to continue to construct nuclear reactors would be to betray the memory of the Japanese who have died from exposure to nuclear radiation: More »
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    Nuclear Boy vs. Radioactive Man Paid Member

    A prayer ceremony meant to be both both "memorial and benefit event" for Japan was recently held in New York City that the New York Times celebrated as showing the city's diversity: First came the Muslim imam, singing an Arabic prayer in an undulating melody. Next came the rabbi, chanting in Hebrew, followed by the Hindu leader praying in Sanskrit, the Christian in English, the Sikh in Punjabi and the Buddhist in Japanese. One by one, they stood in the chancel of Riverside Church on the Upper West Side on Sunday evening and beseeched the heavens for support of the victims and survivors of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. More »