Author Archives: Ashlyn Alongi

Tsunami Tenbatsu

Levi McLaughlin in his essay describes the shocking comments made by Tokyo Governor, Shintaro Ishihara, regarding the devastating earthquake and tsunami that was a national tragedy causing mass destruction and the loss of millions of lives. Ishihara said that the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Tendai Buddhism and Contemplatation of Suchness

Tendai Buddhism is one of the most popular sects of Buddhism, comprising of the Lotus Sutra and the Contemplation of Suchness. The Lotus Sutra is one of the most important documents of Buddhism (described as the Buddha’s “true teachings”, RJP, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Is Shintō an extension of Buddhism?

Shintō has long been considered the indigenous religion of Japan. But even with a set of practices and religious places of worship, can Shintō be regarded as an independent religion? Kuroda Toshio in his Essay makes the argument that Shintō … Continue reading Continue reading

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