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Inspiring texts PART I - Process work approach to Japanese Buddhism

Updated on January 25, 2016

Some years ago somebody printed for me a few texts saying: that may be interesting for you. So I put it in a safe place... I stored it so well... that it stayed there for another years!

The first book that I found again was "Process Work and Japanese Buddhism. A pilgrimage of Completion." by Takeo Kiriyama.

I must admit I hold it till I went through the first 50 pages, so easy to read, written as a connection of a personal story in relation to Japan history, culture, 4 Buddhism figure (Prince Shotoku, Kukai, Dogen and Shinran), process oriented psychology and Noh theater. What an interesting mixture, I thought and kept reading.

"History is a web that connects people." I cannot agree more. According to the Noh theater actors in their 60ties are still babies and after 70 they are finally mature and free to perform. I like that concept wondering how that could apply in today world, when being 25, 30 is already too old.

Author portrayed each of the Japanese Buddhists as ghosts, typical premise of Noh theater, and on the stage every figure was having a chance to process unfinished business from their lifetime.

Reading about personal journey of Takeo Kiriyama, it made me think how we all in life do things that help us to survive, even though from society point of view they seem to be barely something useful, definitely not a profession that can bring money: acting, singing, dancing, painting etc. Through these media we are often involved in world issues, not always being aware of it.

This book reminded me of how important is to learn from those who were making a way for all of us centuries ago, masters, leaders with attention and understanding to their own imperfections and limitations. Consulting with them, in our own imagination could be a powerful tool to not only help ourselves but deal with the collective voice of a certain culture that perhaps impresses on us beliefs we took without second thought such as:

* religion, - its importance to us or not, differences in approaching it, practice, meditation. Consensus reality is an illusion, only Buddha is the truth.

* authority, that we can find within, not relying on outside source.

* redemption - reflected in a suicide problem in Japan. Discovering a ghost role supporting suicide is a great answer to how to deal with it: taking responsibility for action by killing part of our personality that doesn't serve us, not a body.

* money - You cannot find what you want while using money... Money plays a big role in society and keeps you safe from the unknown);

* freedom, enlightment - how we experience that...

Similarity in what is happening in our body, dreams and relationships and relations between these aspects is the key. I wasn't much surprised then, when falling in sleep, while holding this text in my hands, I dreamt of Japanese man who hold the key to my freedom while I was being attacked by robots who were going for my brain! Ay! What a story! I was waking up holding desperately to that key, realizing I still hold the papers in my hands...

You see I wrote this text for myself ;), so I won't forget all the things I wish to remember, but if you benefit from it, I will be happy to hear that.

I want to share, to give the print of this book into really good hands! Preferable, psychology, philosophy, art, sociology student, or simply someone interested in exploring other cultures and absorbing inspiring wisdom of East.


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      Mark Sammut 

      5 years ago

      Interesting read.


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