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Rap and manga - new roads to Nirvana in Japan
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Re: Rap and manga - new roads to Nirvana in Japan
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2009, 04:18:52 pm »
Sure why not??  If it reaches someone with the message of the teachings, they can always formalize their studies more.  At least it reaches them and may inspires some to practice the dharma in their lives.
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Re: Rap and manga - new roads to Nirvana in Japan
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2009, 07:15:43 pm »
Regarding Rap and Manga:

I read somewhere that there is no inappropriate or bad teachings.
If a thing helps you gain knowledge,if it helps you on your path to understanding, then it is a GOOD teaching regardless of what it's nature is.
If a thing does not help you gain knowledge, but you realise that, and therefore avoid letting yourself be distracted from your path to understanding, then likewise it is a GOOD teaching.
For that reason it is said that, to an enlightened man, all things are true teachings.

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Re: Rap and manga - new roads to Nirvana in Japan
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2009, 04:48:48 pm »
I am iffy on the issue of evangelism, but that is certainly interesting.
Breathing in, we are born
Breathing out, we die
Our life, lasting but the space between them
A mere moment, in an infinite history


Attachment is a choice. The choice to be free of attachment has existed from the moment we first made the choice to be attached. We just get so used to making choices based on attachment that we never realize that we're actually making choices at all.

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Re: Rap and manga - new roads to Nirvana in Japan
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2009, 05:36:02 pm »
I'm not sure an artistic expression necessarily equals evangelism...

I am iffy on the issue of evangelism, but that is certainly interesting.
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Re: Rap and manga - new roads to Nirvana in Japan
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2010, 08:16:27 am »
From what I've read about this, it is certainly more evangelical and less artistic expression.  They are going to the places where the people are to expose them to the Dharma, not to impress them with their aptitude for Rap.  As far as the Manga thing goes, I am not sure this is so new.  My music teacher tells me that many children enjoyed reading strips about Ikkyu, a famous, yet unorthodox, Zen monk, while he lived in Japan, which is more than a decade ago.  Other Mangas have been around for a while based, rather loosely I think, on the Shingon tradition, although the translations of them tend to obscure their Buddhist roots I think.  I cannot speak or read Japanese (aside from music), so it is mostly an impression that I have.  Many Mangas in Japan are based on historical and mythological figures, for lack of a better description.  Since Buddhism is a big part of Japan's mythological and historical past, it would be hard to NOT include Buddhism in their context.

 


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