Koyasan's Fukuchi-in Shukubo, a Night in the Sacred Realm

The Buddhist Channel, 4 November 2023

Koyasan, Wakayama (Japan) -- Nestled amidst the serene beauty of Mount Koya in Wakayama, Japan, lies an extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in a unique facet of Japanese culture. For travelers seeking an authentic and spiritually enriching adventure, a stay at a "Shukubo", or temple lodging, is an unparalleled experience.


South Korea’s top court orders stolen Buddhist statue to be returned to Japan

The Buddhist Channel, 28 Oct 2023

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea’s top court today rejected a local temple’s claim to a statue that it said Japanese pirates had looted in the 14th century, clearing the way for Japan to press for the artefact’s return after it was stolen by South Korean thieves.


Forum Explores Influence of Chinese Chan Culture in Belt and Road Initiative Discussions

The Buddhist Channel, October 28, 2023

Suizhou, Hubei (China) -- The recent "Dahong Mountain Forum: The Overseas Spread and Influence of Chinese Chan Culture" convened on October 19-20 in Suizhou, Hubei province, attracting global attention from religious and academic communities both within China and abroad.


India and Republic of Korea Strengthen Historic Ties through Buddhism

The Buddhist Channel, 30 September 2023

Seoul, South Korea -- In the backdrop of the momentous 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and the Republic of Korea, a significant event took place on September 22, 2023, organized by the Indian Embassy in Seoul and the Gaya Culture Promotion Foundation of Korea, as part of a series of forums and cultural exchanges commemorating this milestone.


Could a Buddhist Bot Alleviate Japan's Loneliness Crisis?

The Buddhist Channel, August 31, 2023

Tokyo, Japan -- Japan, a nation renowned for its collective ethos and bustling urban centers, paradoxically finds itself grappling with a pervasive loneliness epidemic. The cacophony of work-life imbalances, rising suicide rates, and the lingering plight of the post-bubble "Lost Generation" exposes a chilling reality: loneliness has woven itself deeply into the fabric of society, affecting all segments of the population.


Jizo Bosatsu, Where Moss Covered Statues Teaches Patience and Compassion

The Buddhist Channel, 5 August 2023

Kyoto, Japan -- As you wander through the serene and sacred Japanese forest paths and cemeteries, your eyes are inevitably drawn to the statues of Jizo Bosatsu, or Jizos as they are commonly called, a compassionate and revered figure in East Asian Buddhism.


Sensō-ji, the Kannon Temple of Asakusa

The Buddhist Channel, 14 July 2023

Tokyo, Japan -- Many first timers setting sight on the grand Sensō-ji temple in Tokyo do not know what to make of what their eyes see. Like a gigantic red dragon hiding behind the corner of a big rock, visitors first approach the temple by entering through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate).


Haein Temple: A Sanctuary of Spiritual Reflection and Cultural Treasures

The Buddhist Channel, 8 July 2023

Daegu, South Korea -- Haein Temple, nestled in the serene surroundings of Gayasan National Park near Daegu, South Korea, has stood as a testament to Buddhist heritage for over a millennium.


This Big Buddha at Kamakura Breathes in Perfect Solitude

by Kooi F. Lim, The Buddhist Channel, 6 July, 2023

Kamakura, Japan -- Awe, reverence and tranquility. The usual testaments one gets to hear as visitors lay their first gaze at the Daibutsu, the Big Buddha of Kamakura.


Tōdai-ji, a Gigantic Monastery Built to Ward Off Disasters

The Buddhist Channel, 3 July 2023

Nara, Japan -- During the Tenpyo era (ca. 729 to 749), Japan experienced a series of disasters and epidemics. Recognizing these national catastrophes, Emperor Shomu (701 – 756) ordered in 741 the establishment of provincial monasteries and temples (寺,dera) in all 66 provinces of Japan. Tōdai-ji (東大寺), the “Great Temple of the East,” became the main temple of the Kokubun-ji, the national monastic system and the center of national ceremonies.


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