Mr. G wrote:Another Friday night at this tiny neighborhood watering hole in Tokyo: By 7:30, the bar stools and tables in this cozy joint are filling up; office workers settle in with their cocktails and Kirin beers. And by a little after 8, it's time for the main act. Vow's Bar in the Yotsuya neighborhood has no house band, no widescreen TV, no jukebox. But it does have a chanting Buddhist monk so tipplers can get a side of sutras with their Singapore Slings or something even more exotic. A pair of younger monks — conspicuous with their shaved heads, bare feet and religious garb — man the bar. For a non-Buddhist American like me, they shake up an order of the house specialty, shakunetsu jigoku, or "Burning Hell," and boy, they're not kidding.
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rory wrote:Here's a better article about Bozu Bar & the big failure of buddhism in Japan.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editori ... 03397226/1
yes buddhism in Japan is in serious decline & the sects who believe nothing, preach nothing, do nothing have only themselves to blame. And it doesn't have anything to do with keeping a 2,000 year old Vinaya.
My sensei, a priest, has a regular day job, no temple & goes every year to Cambodia and India to distribute free Lotus Sutras. To me that's admirable.
rory wrote:Huseng I agree;
if Japan had the vinaya there would be state monasteries, do you think they'd be any different than what occurred in Tibet? It's the institution that is the killer. Institutions live to perpetuate themselves and kill off any kind of faith or spontaneity. Look at the Vatican staffed by celibate monks, gorging on property and terrible scandals over the abuse of children.
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