Zen Priest's Fukushima Clean-up Struggle

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39458

    Zen Priest's Fukushima Clean-up Struggle

    A video portrait, first aired last summer, from the English language division of Japan's NHK public television on Soto Priest Koyu Abe whose temple, Joenji, is only about 30 miles from the reactors. Abe, taking it on his own with limited resources, has organized a rag-tag local clean-up effort that can only be described as moving a mountain one grain of sand at a time.

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    On the snowy fringes of Japan's Fukushima city, now notorious as a byword for nuclear crisis, Zen monk Koyu Abe offers prayers for the souls of thousands left dead or missing after the earthquake and tsunami nearly one year ago.

    But away from the ceremonial drums and the incense swirling around the Joenji temple altar, Abe has undertaken another task, no less harrowing -- to search out radioactive "hot spots" and clean them up, storing irradiated earth on temple grounds.
    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Mp

    #2
    What a wonderful video ... There are some amazing people out there. Thank you Jundo.

    Gassho
    Shingen

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    • Myozan Kodo
      Friend of Treeleaf
      • May 2010
      • 1901

      #3
      Thanks for sharing this great story.
      Gassho
      Myozan

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      • Shokai
        Treeleaf Priest
        • Mar 2009
        • 6391

        #4
        I love this man; Abe-oso. He is a true Bodhisattva
        Thanks Jundo, gassho
        Last edited by Shokai; 02-07-2013, 11:33 AM.
        合掌,生開
        gassho, Shokai

        仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

        "Open to life in a benevolent way"

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        • JohnsonCM
          Member
          • Jan 2010
          • 549

          #5
          Bodhisattva Abe Zenji is truly working to better the world. I think Kanzeon must borrow his hands.
          Gassho,
          "Heitetsu"
          Christopher
          Sat today

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          • Toun
            Member
            • Jan 2013
            • 206

            #6
            Truly inspiring!

            My deepest bows to Rev. Koyu Abe.

            Gassho
            Mike

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            • Jakudo
              Member
              • May 2009
              • 251

              #7
              The world needs more people like him.
              Gassho
              Gassho, Shawn Jakudo Hinton
              It all begins when we say, “I”. Everything that follows is illusion.
              "Even to speak the word Buddha is dragging in the mud soaking wet; Even to say the word Zen is a total embarrassment."
              寂道

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              • Genshin
                Member
                • Jan 2013
                • 467

                #8
                An inspiring documentary. A true Bodhisattva. Thanks for sharing.

                Gassho
                Matt

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                • Kyotai

                  #9
                  This guy is great. At one time, I believed a zen monk's life was a simple one. But combining volunteering/community organizer/ working/ family life/ raising kids....not so simple.

                  Gassho

                  Shawn

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                  • Jakudo
                    Member
                    • May 2009
                    • 251

                    #10
                    Chopping wood, carrying water encompasses a great deal I am slowly learning.
                    Gassho, Jakudo Hinton
                    Gassho, Shawn Jakudo Hinton
                    It all begins when we say, “I”. Everything that follows is illusion.
                    "Even to speak the word Buddha is dragging in the mud soaking wet; Even to say the word Zen is a total embarrassment."
                    寂道

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