What does it mean to be Buddhist? What does it mean to be Buddhist in Japan or the US? These are questions we have been exploring.
This summer we plan to visit several Buddhist temples, especially in Kyoto, Nara, and Nagano. (Kyoumizudera, Kinkakuji, Todaiji, Zenkoji to name a few) In Japan, the main religions are Shintoism and Buddhism. Statistically speaking there are more than twice as many practitioners of religion in Japan than there are citizens! Nearly every Japanese citizen considers themselves both Shinto and Buddhist, unlike here in the USA where we often identify ourselves with one or none.
As a family we have been reading Buddha at Bedtime each night. Wabi and Sabi really enjoy the stories and the moral lesson at the end of each one. In a couple of days they will provide their own review of this book. I’m looking forward to hearing what they have to say about it.