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Jakucho Setouchi

Postby Seishin » Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:12 pm

Jakucho Setouchi seems to be a very inspiring Tendai nun. However, most of the information on her is in Japanese. Does anyone know much about her?
http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=9,3938,0,0,1,0
http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/05/155932.html
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Re: Jakucho Setouchi

Postby jikai » Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:37 am

I agree Seishin, I've found her quite inspiring myself. There isn't much on her in English. Having said that, most of the Japanese sources I've come across say very little. There is a youtube video of her from Japanese t.v. I'll try to find it and translate it for you when I get the chance.

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Re: Jakucho Setouchi

Postby Seishin » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:59 am

Thanks Jikai,

I've watched a couple of videos in Japanese but I have no idea what's being said :tongue:

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Re: Jakucho Setouchi

Postby Seishin » Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:36 am

More information from this inspiring woman. Sadly, it seems she has cancer.

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_new ... 1510120050

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Re: Jakucho Setouchi

Postby DGA » Wed Oct 28, 2015 1:06 pm

Seishin wrote:More information from this inspiring woman. Sadly, it seems she has cancer.

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_new ... 1510120050


She raises two profound points in this article, both of them concerning the interpenetration of Buddhist practice and everyday life:

When asked about the teachings of the Tendai sect, Setouchi said: “It tells us that we should set aside our own happiness and pray for the happiness of other people. Please pray for the happiness of refugees being hosted by other countries.”

Setouchi also looked back on the days after World War II when Tendaiji was desolated and deserted. She helped revive the temple.

Referring to postwar Japan, she commented: “It was horrific because money appeared almost the only thing that mattered in life.”

She said that what is really important is what people cannot see.

“We cannot see gods and our ancestors,” she said. “It is difficult to understand people’s minds, but it is the most important thing to do as we live our own lives.”

“We should realize that we are kept alive by things we cannot see,” she added.


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Re: Jakucho Setouchi

Postby Seishin » Wed Oct 28, 2015 2:20 pm

:twothumbsup:

I really wish her books were in English.


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