…we are in effect rejecting the notion that religion is irrelevant in Japanese society and culture, an impression suggested by Reischauer and Jansen and gleaned by artificial questions about belief and “true religion.” Such an impression falls apart when we look at what happens on a day-to-day basis at such religious centers.
(Practically Religious pg. 45)
Today, I found a touching article by the Asahi Shinbun that I wanted to share, along with the above the quotation by Professors Reader and Tanabe in their book published in 1998. I believe they say enough.
Namu Yakushi Nyorai
Namu Kanzeon Bosatsu
Namu Shaka Nyorai
P.S. The photo is also a reminder that, on a happier note, cherry blossoms are blooming right now. Also, it reminds me of a poem from the Hyakunin Isshu which I posted in my other blog.
P.P.S. More on funerals in Japan.