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.

 

 

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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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The Dharma of the Rings

On October 7, 2011 By

FILM, BUDDHISM
BY DAVID LOY & LINDA GOODHEW

The Lord of the Rings as a modern Buddhist myth? Not very plausible, on the face of it.

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Spiritual Journey

On October 7, 2011 By

BY BARRY JAMES LECKENBY

Australian-born Buddhist poet Harold Stewart lived in Kyoto for twenty-nine years, and in 1995 his ashes were scattered near the Shonin-in on Higashiyama…

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Mantra from Ajari-san

On October 6, 2011 By

SAINT
INTERVIEW BY SHERRY NAKANISHI

Ajari — “Great Teacher” — is a title conferred on monks…who have completed the great sennichi kaihõgyo training… This meditative practice involves walking a total of over 38,000 kilometers in 1,000 days, within a seven-year period.

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In the Eternal Now

On October 2, 2011 By

BY KEN RODGERS

Overlooking Kyoto from his sacred mountain — one hand shading his eyes against the southern sun — the Bishamonten of Kurama has seen it all. Purple dawns, golden sunsets, the habitual arcs of moon and planets, seasons of rice-plantings, harvests, fire festivals…

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The Hermit Experience

On October 1, 2011 By

BY LAUREN W. DEUTSCH

EDWARD A. BURGER found his teacher, Master Guangkuan, in the Zhongnan Mountains in the winter of 1999. He completed his first documentary, Amongst White Clouds, about Zhongnan Mountain hermits in 2005…

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Kokoro Research Center

On September 25, 2011 By

INTERVIEW BY JOHN EINARSEN

Can the planet-wide problems be attributed to a decline in spirit? Inamori Kazuo, founder of Kyocera and the Kyoto Prize, believes that the revitalization of our kokoro, human spirit/mind, is critical to creative engagement with the problems we now face.

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Shakuhachi and Zenga

On August 13, 2011 By

ART, MUSIC
BY PRESTON HOUSER

The player of the Japanese bamboo flute seeks to display his spirit through musicianship—even if only in a single note, a single exhalation…

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The Joy of What’s Fleeting

On August 13, 2011 By

BY PICO IYER

The area in which I make my home, doing its best to approximate to the San Fernando Valley, has no temples or shrines or narrow winding streets of the kind, when young, I associated with the “real Japan.“

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Living Words

On August 10, 2011 By

BY JOHN HANAGAN

I’m pure shame. What I do and what I say never the same. —Ikkyu

I have filled countless classrooms with words which echo the wisdom of the ages. Yet my actions sometimes fall so far short of my ideals that Ikkyu’s pure shame is the only decent response.

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