How Buddhism affects your life, and how do you use it?
As Buddhism spread to Japan in the 1960s, it became a cultural force in Japan and the world, and its followers began to find a home in schools, universities and the workplace.
Buddhism, which stresses the importance of bodhisattvas, has long been associated with selfless service, compassion and tolerance.
The Buddhist tradition also promotes compassion for all living beings, including humans.
“It’s a system of compassion, of compassion for beings, and the way that it’s been practiced and practiced is one that’s extremely tolerant of all living things,” says Anjali Sarma, a psychologist and Buddhist monk in Singapore.
“We all have to work together to make the world a better place.”
A Buddha in the sky An aerial view of Buddha’s hometown, Jigokko in the eastern province of Chiba.
The Buddha’s home town is a sleepy, rundown district in the countryside.
Its narrow streets and narrow streets are filled with old, dilapidated houses, all with wooden floors.
The homes are all built of bamboo, which was originally used to make mats.
A Buddhist temple is also nearby, but it’s more modern, and not quite as peaceful.
It has a few shops and a little market, but the main shrine is empty and its only decoration is a small Buddha statue.
The main shrine to the Buddha, Jijirinji Temple, is a bit further from the main street, on a hilltop.
As soon as you approach it, you’ll see the Buddha sitting on a small, grassy hilltop, surrounded by flowers and shrubs.
The shrine has been rebuilt with the help of a Buddhist organisation and is open daily.
You’ll also find some traditional shrines in the area, with wooden crosses and bamboo stools that are adorned with Buddha’s hair and robes.
You can also see a large Buddhist temple and a small church, though neither has been renovated since the 1970s.
The shrines, which are the main focus of Buddhism in Jigosan, are all about the relationship between Buddha and the living.
Some of the shrines are small, and you’ll be able to sit and pray in peace, without any interference.
Others are much larger, with more than 20,000 people worshipping the Buddha.
Most of these are located in the town of Jijiri in Jogokko.
The people are very friendly, and they’re quite religious.
The buildings are small and wooden, and there are no modern, air-conditioned buildings.
It’s very quiet and secluded.
They have a very good relationship with the people.
You know, we are Buddhist monks, and we have to live here in the village and go to school, and so on.
They are very respectful of us, and very peaceful.
In fact, they are very nice people.
We don’t have any problems.
They really want to help us.
But it’s not always easy to find Buddhists who are good people, because we are very isolated.
You’ve got to be very careful in Japan, because in the past there was a big social pressure, but there’s also a huge amount of social acceptance and even religious tolerance.
Now, however, there’s a lot of pressure to convert, so there’s more competition, and some of the people who don’t want to convert or not have a religious background don’t really accept Buddhism, either.
So you can have these two kinds of Buddhism, where it’s very different.
It doesn’t mean that there are fewer Buddhists in Japan today, and it doesn’t really mean that the Japanese are doing a good job of integrating Buddhist culture with the modern world.
I have a lot to say about the Buddha in this interview.
The interview was conducted by Anjuli Sarma.
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He has also been working with the Japanese government to promote Buddhism in schools and universities.
The interviews have been edited for length and clarity.
Aya Tashi: Hello, welcome to this programme.
Today we’re talking about Buddhism in Japan.
I’m Aya Takashi, a Buddhist monk from Japan’s Jogoka, in the small village of Jigoka in Chiba Prefecture.
I was born in Japan but have lived in the US for over 50 years, starting in the early 1970s, and now I’m in Singapore as an American Buddhist.
I grew up in a small village in Jikogawa, in Shimane Prefecture, about 15 kilometres from the Japanese border.
I moved here at the age of five to be closer to my family and friends.
I also spent time in Korea, where I was studying