Thursday, October 20, 2011

Nov. 13 Poverty in Japan, Dec. 3 : Suzuki Daisetsu-- Zen and America

Dear friends and members of the Fellowship,

It is with pleasure that i announce a young person as the speaker for our next meeting.

November 13, 3:00-5:00

International House

--Near Azabu-Juban and Roppongi stations (call 3470-4611 for details)

Roy Takahashi will talk about " Poverty in Japan Today".

Currently still a student at Tokyo University, where he just won the prestigious President's Award for his topical writing for the Japan Times newspaper and participation and leadership in the the G8 Youth Summit (  I am sure  he will bring not only some interesting data about the topic  but enthusiasm and energy to our discussion.

Peggy Kanada, moderator

ps On Dec 11th  Prof. Miriam Levering (our own member) will talk about "Suzuki Daisetsu-- Zen and America."

Denver Unitarian's visit

     On Saturday October 15, 2011 ten members and friends of the Denver Unitarian church choir, under the leadership of Steve Comstock, were guided by your moderator, Peggy, and joined briefly by member Miriam Levering, through a long day of exploring Japanese religion and culture. The group was on a  visit to Japan that  included Takayama and Hiroshima and they spent three days in Tokyo.

Traveling and eating lunch together we had a little time  also to talk about some of of their Unitarian practice and community activities.  First we attended the Rissho Kosei-kai big ceremony (including gagaku music) in honor of the Historic Buddha in the Great Sacred Hall. We then had a chance to see the exhibits about RK founders and the photo of Niwano Nikkyo and UUA president Dr. Greeley (and Homer Jack etc.) in the founder's museum.  Then off to Kamakura to be impressed most by the 14th century Great Buddha. What do modern Japanese believe? what is Buddhism? Amida? Shakyamuni? what is a religion, a cult? How can we work together for peace? I wish more of you from the fellowship could have joined in the discussion.  peggy kanada, moderator

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