Recognizing the declining position of Buddhism in contemporary Japan, young Buddhist
priests are creating and implementing a variety of new strategies in an effort to revitalize
the teaching of the Buddha and adapt it to the needs of modern society. These strategies include
writing general-audience books, appearing on variety television programs, and giving Dharma talks
in venues such as schools or businesses.
Rev. Shojun Ogi is the Vice Resident Priest of Chosoji Temple in Yamaguchi, Japan. He completed
an MA at the Graduate Theological Union/Institute for Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA and was recently a
Residential Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School. He regularly appears and radio and television and is
the author of multiple popular books in Japanese including Understanding the Buddha through English.