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Kyoto-based Buddhist group struggles with decline in temples and priests

The Japan Times, Apr 24, 2017



KYOTO, Japan
-- A Kyoto-based Buddhist group with the largest number of followers in Japan is boosting its support to its member temples in other prefectures amid a shortage of incoming chief priests and a decline in danka (financial supporters).  More







Thousands of Japanese Buddhist temples left 'priestless'
by ALEXANDER MARTIN, Nikkei Asian Review, April 26, 2017

Nearly 13,000 lack resident leaders as depopulation gnaws at community pillars

TOKYO, Japan
-- Japan is home to more Buddhist temples than convenience stores, but many are struggling to find the parishioners they need to stay afloat. As congregations shrink, thousands of temples are going without resident priests.  More



This is how Buddhist monks live without money
by Tree Watson, Economy, 15 April 2017

Laypeople and the monastic community have a relationship of mutual dependence. It's called 'gift economics'

"Take money, for example. In the past there wasn’t any paper money. Paper was just paper, without any value. Then people decided that silver money was hard to store, so they turned paper into money. And so it serves as money."  More


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