The Tōdai-ji temple and the Great Buddha of Nara were built in the 8th century. For Buddhists Tōdai-ji is a place of reverence. For all visitors, Tōdai-ji is a special place because of its large dimensions, its long history and the numerous objects loaded with symbolism that are preserved there.
Month: May 2018
This a summary of a book written by Motohisa Yamakage. The fountain of Shinto is a reverence of nature. Shinto originates from a sense of awe and gratitude toward the mysteries of nature. According to Yamage, the main concerns of Shinto are how each person contacts the spirit of Kami; how each person shows gratitude and respect toward Kami; and, how each person grows spiritually, by acquiring qualities that are the result of his or her contact with and reverence toward Kami.