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  1. says:

    Since a few years ago I usually picked up this 380 page novel and decided not to read it due to my limited familiarity with Fumio Niwa however, I changed my mind when I read his brief biography on its back cover A reason is that the author himself was a heir of a Buddhist family who later renounced his priesthood to be a writer Reading this book, I think, would allow me to know some conflicts regarding a Buddhist priest of Butsuoji Temple of the Merciful Buddha named Soshu who keeps struggling desperately due to his guilt and better understand how Buddhism in Japan has been practised by looking at a Buddhist sect, the True Pure Land, in terms of its teachings as well as services less familiar to me because Mahayana Buddhism has been adopted from China and practised since 552 in Japan whereas Theravada Buddhism imported from Sri Lanka has been practised in Thailand since 1292 First, there are various poignant conflicts between Soshu and those key characters Soshu vs Mineyo, Soshu vs Yamaji, Soshu vs Tomoko, Yamaji vs Tachi, priest vs parishioners, etc in which, I think, its readers may not be unanimous since they seem nearly equally important, that is, each with its own impact toward Soshu s confession and self proclaimed verdict for his departure from Butsuoji in the last chapter I found the conflict between the third pair naturally heartfelt, surrealistically romantic, and impressively descriptive As Yamaji s mistress after her mother passed away, Tomoko bitterly lives in a house with Shoko and Sumi Soshi occasionally visits her house to perform the rite for her mother shrine Over time, they gradually fall in love and Tomoko decisively plans to find somewhere for them to talk privately I think most of the readers simply could not help appreciating how they finally meet without any intrusion, as we can read in Chapter 29, an excerpt Tears began to appear in Tomoko s eyes Turning away, she felt for Soshu s hand and took it in her own I shall leave him Soshu did not answer And you, Father you ll let him go if he decides to leave Butsuoji You won t keep worrying about him I can t stop worrying about him, for the temple s sake But it s you that matters It s been fate, anyway, as far as we are concerned At least I ve found you Soshu s smile was subdued Thank you for finding me in a bantering tone but she leaned closer, her shoulders bent towards him, Soshu embraced her Soshu gazed at the lovely fine grained skin, like distilled water It had never occurred to him that mere human flesh could be so beautiful, and he could not believe now that this woman could be his A rush of delightful visions and with them a goading urge to desecrate such beauty p 284 Second, I found this key teaching, Buddhism recognizes five sins the taking of life, theft, fornication, lying, and intemperance, or transgressing the prohibition against drinking and the eating of flesh pp 63 64 nearly similar to the following five precepts, sila, as preached, known and practised in Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking life I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not given I undertake the training rule to abstain from sensual misconduct I undertake the training rule to abstain from false speech and I undertake the training rule to abstain from liquors, wines, and other intoxicants, which are the basis for heedlessness Third, one of the services as narrated in detail in Chapter 4 and briefly in other chapters in other families, that is, visiting to read the sutras to the family shrine, seems unique to me These are some related excerpts so the we can understand how Soshu typically performs the rite While his wife was serving tea, Tachi opened the family shrine which was kept behind the sliding doors of the cupboard, lit the candles and began to burn incense After burning incense, Tachi sat before the shrine in silence, his hands clasped in reverence to the dead, then bowed to Soshu as the latter put on a ceremonial stole marked with the Butsouji crest Soshu turned to face the shrine Holding his rosary so that the single big bead was uppermost and the tassel hung down over the back of his left hand, he placed his hands together in the attitude of worship He began with the Three Sutras of the Pure Land Sect Altogether the readings took about two hours Usually there would be a pause in the middle, while the priest rested and sipped a little tea to keep his voice fresh After the Three Sutras, Soshu began the Monruige scripture, Tachi and his wife joining in as he did so Soshu himself, of course, knew the text by heart, Finally, Soshu read from one of the Senshuji religious commentaries When he reached the twenty fifth chapter, Soshu moved a little to the left, so that he was no longer directly in front of the shrine, bent his head slightly, raised the book reverently to his forehead, and began to read again, holding the book now with both hands just below the level of his eyes Tachi and his wife and son listened with bowed heads Soshu turned to face them when he had finished reading, and after Tachi had thanked him formally for performing the rite, began to take off his stole Mrs Tachi went to prepare a meal for him Soshu merely tasted the food briefly, for politeness sake pp 51 55 In sum, this novel is worth reading because it is readably translated, highly narrative argumentative and reliably informative despite a few errors, for instance, burnng burning, p 37 , soul purpose sole purpose, p 61 , an debt a debt, p 155 , etc therefore, I would like to recommend it to those readers interested in Buddhism, the True Pure Land Sect, Mahayana Buddhism in Japan.N.B There is an error regarding his year of death on the back cover, that is, 1904 1978 according to the two sources verified 1 from Goodreads and 2 from Wikipedia both have confirmed that he passed away in 2005, the first centenarian Japanese author I ve ever known.


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    We can probably all agree that you oughtn t have sex with your mother in law Or your adopted mother The Buddha Tree is about one priest s route back to being the kind of man who doesn t have sex with his mother in law adopted mother.How did it all get so Jeremy Kyle The backstory the priest at Butsuoji temple dies, leaving an attractive young widow and a very young daughter The parishioners agree that the attractive young widow should adopt a young priest as her son, install him in the temple and then marry him to her daughter as soon as she s a teenager Of course the attractive young widow only goes and chooses the sexiest teenage priest she can find, and ends up seducing him with a My belly hurts Could you give it a little rub line within hours of their meeting Tsk The Buddha Tree opens some years later The priest s young wife has recently learnt about her mother s continued sexual relationship with her husband, and she has run off with a visiting kabuki actor leaving their boy Ryokun to one day inherit the priesthood.The scandal of her departure is the jolt that everyone needs to try and steer the temple into classier waters But it ain t going to be easy.I wanted to read Niwa s Naval Battle , but it has not been translated.


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    The story reminded me of the infamous concept of Locke s Socks or The Ship of Theseus The concept goes like this Imagine you have a sock, but the sock got so old it started to get hole everywhere, so you patch it up It gets a hole, and you patch it up It goes on and on for a while until the original fabric that first form you socks are all gone and the sock that you have now completely built from endless patchwork.Now, the ultimate question is can you still call it your sock, or not Then we take a look at all religion in this world Buddha, Hind, Islam, Christian, Catholic, and everything in between has is exactly like when it s originally invented If it s not, could we still call it by its name Could it still bring us salvation Soshu, the Priest, find himself wandering about that throughout the story He observed how vast and undetected the patchwork , the embellishment and unnecessary addition invested in his inherited religious faith is whether it s visually shown by the various colour and attachment of priest robes differed by rank and status to the baffling arrogance and greed he witnessed in the heart of Mineyo, something so unfitted someone who spent her whole life in a temple adding to his own already crumbling sense of composure as a religion practitioner.This is not a religous novel as some people might label it into but it s far essential than that Niwa use religion to dramatize the novel form and criticizes it to reflect how a person cope with existential crisis, a person who discover nothing can shield mankind from its weakness of sin not even religion and all we have to turn to and reach salvation is noone but ourselves, deprived of all those patchworks.


  4. says:

    A well crafted exposition of the psychological dynamics of sin and guilt In my opinion this work challenges and possibly exceeds that of Dostoevsky s Crime and Punishment.


  5. says:

    iseng beli di sogo TP, ada buku2 murah tapi in english bacanya agak ngawur karena males buka kamus yang penting tau intinya ptentang intrik yang terjadi di sebuah kuil kuno di jepang, kegundahan penerus kuil, percintaan yang tak lazim dengan ibu tirinya disebutkan kalo disini udah 60an tahun tapi masih kaya 40 an cantik pula bukunya cukup tebel, jadi ada bosennya juga, apalagi penulis detail banget tentang suasana kuil dan suasana hati tokohnya tapi jadi bisa membayangkan sedikit2 gimana jepang tanpa harus kesana


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Bodaiju download Bodaiju, read online Bodaiju, kindle ebook Bodaiju, Bodaiju a2d883f986c7 The Buddha Tree Tells The Story Of Soshu, And Effete And Handsome Buddhist Priest Whose Hypocrisy And Addiction To Sensual Pleasures Lead Him To Carry On An Affair With His Own Mother In Law, Even As His Offers Pious Counseling To His Parishioners Ridden With Guilt, Soshu Tries To Reform After His Wife Leaves Him But Becomes Enmeshed In His Own Web Of Deceit Throughout He Buddha Tree Niwa Reveals Remarkable Insight Into Human Weaknesses, His Sensitive Sketches Of The Japanese Countryside, And His Revelation Of The Materialism Of The Modern Buddhist Church In Japan, Make This A Book Of Unusual Distinction