Thursday, August 31, 2017

Making up Buddhism

In "Buddhist Modernism" today we explored two resources which give a sense of the great diversity of modern Buddhist lives. One is the collection Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia, with sixty-six vignettes about 20th and early 21st century Buddhists clearing their own path in a changing world. The other, more US-focused, is the Buddhist magazine Tricyle, though it includes articles from around the world, too. One of the articles in it current print issue is an interview with a young Pure Land priest in Tokyo whose other job is as a make-up artist. An interesting story in its own right - he came out last year - but there's more. Before Kodo Nishimura returned to Japan to do his monastic training, he got a degree in Fine Arts right here, at Parsons!

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