Engaged Buddhism in Japan: New Strategies for Revitalization (Rev. Shojun Ogi)

February 26, 2018 @ 7:42 pm – 8:42 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
Social Sciences and Media Studies SSMS 2135
Santa Barbara
CA 93106

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.