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Explore Kiyomizu Temple’s Natural Spirit

Some of the best places for spiritual contemplation are known for their beautiful natural surroundings. They are an oasis from the demands of the world, where you can sit and reflect in the tranquility. Kiyomizu Temple, an acclaimed Japanese Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan, is a prime example of the melding between spirituality and nature. Also known […]

February 19th

Shinto Kojiki Verses on Divine Creation

Shinto means the Way of the Gods. It is a traditional, indigenous belief system with no revered founder, regarding all things as having their own spiritual divinity. Revering the deities, or kami, inherent in the natural environment, the followers of Shinto recognize that spirits are present in plants, animals, oceans, waterfalls, land, mountains, and even […]

February 7th

Psychogeographic Shintoism With a Cup of Tea

We came across an ornate Japanese tea set some time ago last year, while excavating the old house. It is likely from the early 20th century. We generally drink tea, for lack of a better word, “haphazardly” – at random times, and from whatever mug is sitting on the front of the cupboard shelf. So […]

January 27th

Buddhists Confront Fukushima in “Lotus in the Nuclear Sea”

The negative environmental and health effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster are well known. But the fallout has caused a spiritual crisis as well. In Lotus in the Nuclear Sea: Fukushima and the Promise of Buddhism in the Nuclear Age, Buddhists and others confront their grief and acknowledge the inherent danger of nuclear energy. As a student of […]

June 24th

National Geographic Photo Contest Sneak Peek

National Geographic Traveler is holding its 26th annual photo contest now and the submissions are pretty amazing. The editors have put up some of their picks online, and we picked five of our favorites from the Outdoor Scenes category. Check them out below. Maybe they’ll inspire you to get out this weekend. Torrent Photographer Mitsuhiko Kamada […]

May 30th