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Friday, February 02, 2007

Hokudai/Cast 16: Part One of our Interview with a Zen Priest.

This is the first part of a series of interviews with a Zen Buddhist priest (he speaks only Japanese but we translate into Chinese and English. We went to the temple - Daijoji in Kanazawa - and he talked with us for about an hour. Daijoji - in Japanese: 大乗寺 - is famous because 1. it is very old and 2. it is where the rich and famous of the Edo and Meiji eras are interned. Buried. Maeda Toshiie, the most famous and, at one point, the second most powerful man in Japan after the shogun (or emperor) has his grave in Daijoji.

The priest was interesting. He gets up every morning at 4:00 to do zazen, then reads the sutras for about an hour, then goes about the daily chores of taking care of the temple and studying Buddhism. He sleeps at 9:00. He became a Zen priest when he was 50 after a life of working as an ordinary businessman. Interesting person. Listen and enjoy, especially if you want to improve your Japanese.

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Here's a video - in Japanese - of the interview. Enjoy.

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