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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 »
  • Blame and Powerlessness in Japan Paid Member

    Tricycle contributing editor Clark Strand writes on Mappo, the Age of Decline, and its impact on the Japanese psyche for Religion Dispatches: Japanese literature is filled with writings about earthquakes, tsunamis and other such cataclysmic events which were, for many, interpreted as portents of harder times to come. For others they were decrees from heaven meted out to a people whose Confucian morality had become corrupt or simply lax; or the Mahayana Buddhist version of the traditional “end times” scenario. Mappo, the “Age of Decline,” was thought to have occurred because the dharma—the teaching of Buddha—had been allowed to languish and grow stale. More »
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    Wednesday Work Buddha Paid Member

    This hard-working little jizo is ready to help sweep away your midweek worries and troubles. But you have to start working before he'll help—he won't do it for you! This image is from the Flickr stream of Buddha Rhubarb. Read about Jizo Bodhisattva here. If you're inspired to practice for Japan today, visit Three Practices for Japan. More »
  • Massive Earthquake and Tsunami hits Japan Paid Member

    via the New York Times, More »