All this while people are hungry and homeless! They have also been sitting on their thumbs since these events began, doing little more than sending a handful of people to have a 'look-see' up there ... much of that at how their temples are doing! Yes, there are individual priests and groups of priests doing what they can, working morning to night, but nothing on the scale we are seeing from other religious groups. When I wrote them to see if they would open their temples nationwide to refugees, they responded that they would think about it.
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/2 ... -response/
Read a little more about what the Soka Gakkai is doing here ...
Taiwanese Buddhist group, Buddha's Light International ...
Church World Service ...
Taiwanese Catholic and Protestant Churches ...
"Happy Science" (Science of Happiness), another Japanese "New Religion" ...
Tzu Chi Foundation ...
Tenrikyo, another "New Religion", has been sending water. Catholic groups have sent doctors and dentists (we have several medical/dental schools affiliated with Soto-shu).
In contrast to all that ... with the exception of individuals and small groups of priests here and there ... Soto-shu has been doing next to nothing. Shame on us.
I am sure that there are individual priests, or groups of priests, giving their --all-- this day, out in the trenches.
However, I am also sure that the Soto-shu in Japan, with its 14,000 affiliated temples nationwide, universities with medical and dental schools, thousands of priests and lay followers, substantial financial and material resources, could be doing --just as much, if not more-- than other religious bodies do, even smaller and less organized. We need only look so far as the actions of tiny churches in North America to see what religious organizations can do, and what Buddhist organizations did during times such as Hurricane Katrina.
http://lab2.us.tzuchi.org/global/katrin ... enDocument
There are refugees now from this Tsunami, so I might ask why cannot Soto-shu do exactly what Tzu Chi and others did for Katrina refugees?
Oh, and a simple phone call to the coordinating governmental authorities ... and Soto-shu certainly has the political connections to get the right people on the phone ... will provide them information and what is needed where, all to avoid oversupply and needless effort.
But, instead, they are worried about getting the gold decorations repainted on their temples? Now? You think that getting the temple buildings cleaned up is what these homeless, cold, jobless people need for their spiritual and material comfort now? That is where we should be sending our, and directing others', money as the best use for it now?
Shame on us. I believe it shows how hollow this religion is sometimes at its heart with its "Compassion" talk.
Gassho, Jundo Cohen