Spirit

Connections with spiritual values are an everyday part of existence in Kyoto. Aspects of Shinto, Buddhism, and especially Zen are so strongly manifested in our surroundings that they blend into our approach to KJ, whether by intention or simply subconsciously. Looking beyond Kyoto, we see awareness of spirit as a key element in most Asian societies.

 

 

This Precious Life: Buddhist Tsunami Relief and Anti-Nuclear Activsim in post 3/11 Japan
 

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Spirit

On March 3, 2011 By

Spirit

Connections with spiritual values are an everyday part of existence in Kyoto. Aspects of Shinto, Buddhism, and especially Zen are so strongly manifested in our surroundings that they blend into our approach to KJ, whether by intention or simply subconsciously. Looking beyond Kyoto, we see awareness of spirit as a key element in most […]

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Manshin is a title of respect identifying a mudang, a female Korean shaman. For centuries manshin had been openly persecuted, their practices disrupted and shrines destroyed, their artistry desecrated to entertainment. The prevailing religious and social order forced the practice of shamanism “underground”. That one of Korea’s most acclaimed artists became a mudang has had impact in Korea as well as globally.

BY Lauren W. Deutsch, Contributing Editor

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BY Lauren W. Deutsch,
Kim Keumhwa, Korea’s renowned charismatic naramansin, “national” shaman, is already awake…preparing to greet the spirits lodged in her small sindang (spirits’ shrine room) next to her bedroom.

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“Let the photo-taking sessions be a ballet instead of a military-style attack or a grueling marathon. In the garden, drink the sun, sweep with the wind, sing like a bird, and dance with a shovel and a rake.”

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We All Have Our Own Truths

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From KJ 81, BY Winifred Bird

Maybe this is my personality, but I just didn’t want to carry grudges and hatreds from the past.”

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Nature and Spirit Reunion

On October 23, 2014 By

REVIEW BY BRIAN COVERT

“There is much work to be done—not only in “saving the Earth,” as the mantra of the environmental movement goes, but also in saving ourselves and our own souls in the process.”

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ed. JONATHON S. WATTS

Despite considerable inertia in a religion well known for its conservatism, the protagonists in this book are seizing this opportunity to apply Buddhist values in opposition to nuclear power, and also to respond to the crisis in ways that invest Buddhist values with new relevance to contemporary society.

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We Promise to Fix it Back

On December 27, 2013 By

JAPAN
BY MICHAEL STONE

Will this catastrophe in Japan change us and lead to a more innovative, caring and interconnected way of living? Will the outbreaks of altruism and civic enthusiasm propel us to take similar steps? Will we demand ingenious forms of accountability? I decide definitively not to cancel my ticket to Japan. I need to see what I can learn about a Bodhisattva path through the lessons that Fukushima offers.

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Ashes to Ashes

On August 15, 2013 By

JAPAN

BY WINNIE ANNE INUI
I met my in-laws for the first time on New Year’s Day 1966, shortly before my wedding…

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INTERVIEW BY ALICE MIYAGAWA
Mayumi Oda has devoted more than fifty years of her life to her art…her deeply feminist viewpoint also drives her ongoing efforts to promote world peace and eliminate nuclear weapons and other nuclear threats.

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