Japan’s “Monks Without Borders” to take on poverty

Japan’s “Monks Without Borders” to take on poverty December 17, 2013

According to the Japanese Daily Press:

A group of Buddhists in Japan have formed an organization called “Monks Without Borders,” aiming to unite different Buddhist sects in tackling global issues such as poverty. The new group is similar in name and in concept to organizations already created by doctors and reporters, and the monks recently held their inaugural meeting in the city of Kyoto.

The project has been developed by two priests from the Kyoto area: Hiroaki Nakajima, and Eryo Sugiwaka. The organization will seek to unite Buddhists from across traditions to take on a broad range of social issues. Japan, where Buddhism has been suffering both image problems and diminishing attendance, could serve as the ideal locus for organizing Buddhists from China and Korea along with those throughout S.E. Asia. While helping outside the country, it is also hoped that the effort will revitalize Japanese Buddhism.

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