In mediaeval Japan, a Buddhist monk named Genshin wrote a text depicting possible forms of suffering in the afterlife. With this work, he sowed the seeds
In mediaeval Japan, a Buddhist monk named Genshin wrote a text depicting possible forms of suffering in the afterlife. With this work, he sowed the seeds which allowed the concept of ‘Jigoku’ (‘hell’) to spread throughout Japan. Understanding why he wrote this book and why people accepted this concept is key to understanding the rich and varied images of hell that exist in Japanese popular culture today.
Drawing on classic depictions of hell in Japanese art, this talk looks at the cultural and historical roots of present-day understandings of ‘hell’ in Japan.
Reverend Shigenobu Watanabe Hongwanji Buddhist Mission of Australia
Reverend Watanabe was born in Ishikawa, Japan, and graduated from Kyoto’s Ryukoku University with a degree in Civil Law before working as a primary school teacher. He later studied French at Universite Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France, and went on to be ordained as Pure Land Buddhist minister of the Nishi Hongwanji school in Japan. In 1991, Reverend Watanabe began working in Canada as a Buddhist missionary. He moved to Sydney in 2000, where he has since served as resident minister of the Hongwanji Buddhist Mission of Australia.
(Thursday) 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The Japan Foundation
Level 4, Central Park 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008