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Ancient traditions give Japanese strength

Posted on Wednesday, 16 March, 2011 | Comment icon 20 comments | News tip by: Persia

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By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

Japanese turn to Buddhist and Shinto traditions for strength after the earthquake and tsunami.

At a time of unbelievable devastation to the world's third largest economy, the people of Japan turn to the ancient traditions of Buddhism and Shinto to find comfort and strength. Japanese Buddhism focuses on prayer and ritual for both survivors and those whose lives were lost as well as striving to reduce physical and mental suffering.

"Seven days after the quake and tsunami, waves of memorials will begin in whatever temples remain near the disaster zone."

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Comment icon #11 Posted by Sherapy on 16 March, 2011, 23:12
You must be watching CNN about what an amazing culture this is, no looting, treat each other as a brother or sister, immense respect for their elders, even the Christian radio station in Los Angeles is going on and on about how they have come together in this time and are serving as an example for the rest of us. I'll tell you from what I see what ever their spiritual orientation or not these people are remarkable. I tip my hat to them. I am thinking it is a Buddhist culture and maybe that is why they are so amazing in this time. .
Comment icon #12 Posted by Sherapy on 16 March, 2011, 23:22
Indeed it does not as one uses their example as a Buddhist with the way they act as humans to reflect their spirituality. They have a non violent ethic that I admire and aspire too in my own life.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Evilution13 on 17 March, 2011, 0:37
The Buddha neither confirmed nor denied the existence of a God. What was important to him was, not mans relationship to God but mans relationship to other human beings. Peace.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Guybrush Threepwood on 17 March, 2011, 14:42
It depends on what type of Buddhism you are talking about. Many Buddhists do believe in a creator (not the Judeo-Christian creator, but a creator nonetheless).
Comment icon #15 Posted by Evilution13 on 18 March, 2011, 15:31
True. Many Buddhists believe in God, but the Buddha himself prefered to say little on the subject, because to him, the belief in God was simply one of many, many views that cloud the mind and should be set aside if one wishes to gain true enlightenment.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Ryinrea on 19 March, 2011, 8:26
Also wrong not all them are Buddhists some belong to Shinto. Buddhists and Shinto are the two major regions in Japan. Please go learn something about history. I'm leaning toward Shinto even more known, since it conforms to my beliefs about things. As, I beleive in the environment, honor, family, among other things that Shinto stands for apparently. And it doesn't deserve to be criticized by the likes of the fundamentalist because it doesn't necessarily have a creator or sky daddy. As someone pointed out its a complex religion and part of their society. And, I'm very proud of ... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by 3rd rock resident alien on 20 March, 2011, 18:13
Amaterasu with her two siblings, moon and the sea storm.
Comment icon #18 Posted by v3ss on 20 March, 2011, 21:45
I am From Myanmar(aka, Burma) , where Theravada Buddhism Flourish , it is the most acient form of buddhism. which is type of buddhism left unchanged .un-altered since buddha and where total copy original tripitaka still exist. In buddhism There is are many Super Natural Beings exist (31 plains of existance, where human is 4th level) everything is Cyclic in nature. even universe itself. Buddha teaches about his previous lives and previous other Buddha in previous worlds. rise and fall of civilizations and worlds , it spans not only just this world , but previous worlds and previous universes.... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by 3rd rock resident alien on 21 March, 2011, 4:25
I can recall 2 past lives. That makes me a Bharma?

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