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Ancient traditions give Japanese strength

Posted on Wednesday, 16 March, 2011 | Comment icon 19 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 #10 Posted by jenhorror16 on 16 March, 2011, 22:44
You beat me to it! LOL! The only reason you know all that is because I told you, heifer! Sooooo . . .Now you know I listen to you! *wubbles yoooouuuu*
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sherapy on 16 March, 2011, 23:12
When uncounted thousands have died in a disaster such as last week's earthquake and tsunami, where will the Japanese people find spiritual strength? http://www.usatoday....irit15_ST_N.htm 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 remar... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Sherapy on 16 March, 2011, 23:22
No, the article makes it SOUND like that's how it is. I'm not so sure about Buddhism in Japan (other than its merged a bit with Shinto), but I know Shinto is less like a religion and more like a way of life. There are shrines all over. . .and Shinto shrines aren't necessarily like churches or whatnot. Some of them are quite small, like a telephone booth. They are dotted all over the cities and rural areas. There are also places considered natural shrines, like waterfalls or a certain group of trees, etc. They are like this so that they are easily accessed by travelers or those in a hurry. This... [More]
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
There is no god in Buddhism They did not turn to God. They are Buddhists. 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
They did not turn to God. They are Buddhists. 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 soci... [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
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). 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 previou... [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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