october, 2019

thu24oct6:00 PM7:30 PMPossible Afterlives: The Buddhist Concept of Heaven & Hell & The Next World6:00 PM - 7:30 PM The Japan Foundation, Level 4, Central Park 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008 Event Organized By: The Japan Foundation Event Type :Courses/Teachings on Buddhism


Event Details

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.

Possible Afterlives: The Buddhist Concept of Hell and the Next World

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


The Japan Foundationhttps://jpf.org.au/