07/29/2019, 12.47
Send to a friend

Todaiji Buddhist temple takes a stance against poverty

The shrine is one of the most famous and visited in the whole of Japan. The monks have decided to share offerings intended for maintenance with the neediest in Nara prefecture. The Otera Oyatsu Club has 1,250 participating temples and is fighting to eliminate child malnutrition.

Tokyo (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Buddhist monks from the Todaiji temple, Tawaramoto, Nara Prefecture, are sharing offerings from worshippers with single mothers and other needy households.

The monks established an NGO, the Otera Oyatsu Club, which set up donation boxes at the Great Buddha Hall of Todaiji temple in Nara as part of an anti-poverty drive.

The club was created after the chief priest of Anyoji, a temple of the Jodo sect of Buddhism in Tawaramoto, was moved after the bodies of a mother in her 20s and her 3-year-old son were found in their flat in Osaka several months after their deaths in 2013.

The mother left a note, apparently written for her son, that said, “I’m sorry you could not eat your fill.”

Matsushima began working with other monks to provide everyday items to households suffering from poverty.

Currently, 1,250 temples and 450 other organisations are collaborating in the project. It is estimated that they currently provide offerings to 10,000 needy children a month.

The Otera Oyatsu Club decided to install collection boxes at Todaiji because many tourists from abroad visit the temple.

“I would like those from overseas to realise that poverty has not been eliminated in the advanced nation of Japan,” Matsushima said.

“When thinking about how to address the issue of poverty, people should proceed with efforts they can do by themselves,” he added.

Send to a friend
Printable version
See also
Nara, Kasuga temple opens its doors to the public
Jikido Hall of the Nara Yakushi-ji Temple restored to ancient splendor
13/05/2017 10:38
Bubble tea becomes a 'sacred offering'
24/08/2019 16:05
Baghdad agrees to controversial oil law
Chinese regime comes out against ritual offerings to dead


Subscribe to Asia News updates or change your preferences

Subscribe now
“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”