Kenji Miyazawa: Bodhisattva Poet and Activist

Dharma talk by Gene Reeves
Monday, August 15, 7:45 pm, following 7:10 pm zazen and service

Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933), Japanese Buddhist poet and activist, is an enormously well-recognized 20th century Japanese poet, story-teller, agricultural scientist, social activist and teacher. Known throughout his native northeast Japan as "Kenji bosatsu," Kenji the bodhisattva, he was an ardent Buddhist. Raised in the Pure Land tradition, he studied and fell in love with the Lotus Sutra and tried to embody it both in his writing and in his own life.

Gene Reeves is a noted scholar and practitioner of the Lotus Sutra. His excellent translation The Lotus Sutra is now the standard modern translation. He edited A Buddhist Kaleidoscope: Essays on the Lotus Sutra, and authored Stories of the Lotus Sutra. Dr. Reeves was a lecturer at the University of Chicago Divinity School, and former Dean of the Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary in Hyde Park. He now lives in Beijing and is affiliated with the Rissho Kosei-kai lay Buddhist organization.

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