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
The worldwide outpouring of support and the massive rush to fund and operate relief efforts both from within Japan and from all around the world has been well documented. Less well documented, however, is that the March 11 disasters stimulated the largest mobilization of Japanese religious organizations since the Second World War. Buddhists, Christians and Shinto groups have joined together to offer material and spiritual support in the hardest-hit prefectures. This, amongst other things, led to the creation of Souls of Zen. See more »
We heard that the tsunami would be over ten meters at Sendai port and that the wave would hit in about ten minutes, so everybody tried to get away. In a car or on the back of a truck. We ran away.
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