This documentary presents perspectives on Buddhism as practiced by clergy and millions of families in Japan today by drawing on ethnographic fieldwork about prayer practice and mortuary ...
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This documentary presents perspectives on Buddhism as practiced by clergy and millions of families in Japan today by drawing on ethnographic fieldwork about prayer practice and mortuary rituals "on the ground". "Souls" of Zen thereby refers to one of Japan's most enduring traditions - the commemoration of ancestral spirits. We visit rural graveyards, urban temples, modern funeral halls, and public events to trace the rapid change this tradition is undergoing in the last decades and, most recently, in the wake of the tsunami.Written by
Jakob Montrasio taught Tim Graf how to record sound, so he could go and film interviews within weeks after the tsunami. Email and online chat sessions allowed them to start directing the film simultaneously from Japan and Germany, despite having thousands of miles between them. See more »
Someone from our temple went to the seaside to take a look, just out of curiosity. Then, that person became severely emotionally disturbed, was not able to sleep for three or four days and underwent a drastic personality shift. So, since that person was a member of our temple, I would be asked to help, somehow. I said we would all pray together. And he recovered! This was a great surprise, but a positive one, for once. While I was counseling him, I asked him, why did you go there? what did you ...
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A 50 minute conference cut with more focus on the disaster was produced for the 'American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting' in Chicago, USA as well as the 'Salvage and Salvation - Religion, Disaster Relief, and Reconstruction in Asia' conference at the National University of Singapore. See more »