Toasting with some Oomoto leaders (left to right around the table): Reverend Yamazaki (who kindly served as my host and guide), myself, Mr. Matsumoto (who kindly served as translator), Mr. Kimura, Mr. Shimomoto (President of Oomoto), and Mr. Kanakogi (Member of the Board of Directors).
Some seminar participants. Will giving seminars such as this transform our world-disorder into one of peace, justice, and prosperity?
The engine of a Shinkosen (bullet train)
The countryside flew by and I tried to imagine what is like to be Japanese and live in these cities and towns. What was it like to have experienced the destruction of most of one's cities during WWII? To have experienced the effect of nuclear weapons? Will war improve out world-disorder?
In a beautiful Hiroshima restaurant. From left to right are Mineko Matsumoto (Professor of English Studies at Hiroshima Jogakuin University), Reverend Yamazaki (Director of the International Office of the Universal Love and Brotherhood Association), one of our waitresses, Mr. Matsumoto (Managing Director of the Editorial Department of the Oomoto Foundation), another of our waitresses, and Mr. Takao Nagatsuma (Director of the Hiroshima Chapter of the World Federalist Movement).
Entrance to this Shinto shrine in Kameoka
Close-up of the entrance to the Shrine
Giving my speech at the opening ceremonies of the Grand Setsubun Festival on February 3. Is speech-giving going to save us from immanent destruction on planet Earth?
Reverend Yamazaki (left) and Mr. Inagaki (right) served as my guides for visiting Kyoto temples. Here we stand at the entrance are to the Kiyomizudera temple complex.
Kiyomizu is a very old temple of the Hosso sect of Buddhism, a sect established, legend says, in 657 by the monk Dosho from China.
Behind the trees one can see the network of huge timbers that form the support for the temple that juts out over this hillside.
Here we are outside a fine Japanese restaurant in Kyoto where we stopped for lunch.
The magnificent temple edifice. Is the building of religious temples and shrines going to save us from immanent destruction?
Temple belongs to the Myoshinji school of the Rinzai branch of the Zen
sect. The temple is famous for its "karesansui" or rock garden
photographed here. The garden contains 15 rocks arranged on the
surface of white pebbles so that visitors can see only 14 of them at once,
from whatever angle the garden is viewed. This is to illustrate that only
those spiritually enlightened (through Zen meditation) are able to see the
last invisible stone with their mind' eye.
Transforming our world-disorder into a world-order of peace, justice, and prosperity for all peoples will not come from temples, rituals, seminars, speeches, luncheon meetings, intellectual knowledge of world problems, multiculturalism, or meditation alone.
A redeemed world-order of peace, justice, and prosperity for all will only come through tremendous love (polus agape - Ephesians 2:4), tremendous compassionate energy (mahakaruna), for a truly transformed world order.
Giving a two day seminar on the Constitution for the Federation of Earth and the Manifesto of the Earth Federation.
The seminar took place in a beautiful room at the Kameoka Oomoto headquarters.
The trip to Hiroshima was very fast over rivers and past cities and farms.
In a fine Hiroshima restaurant with Mr. Kanakogi (left) and Professor Jo (right). Mr. Kanakogi is a member of the Board of Directors of Oomoto. Professor Jo is an authority on the international movement for a transformed world order from Hiroshima Shudo University.
Part of a Shinto shrine in Kameoka. Is right relationship with our ancestors going to save the world from immanent destruction?
Pieces of paper containing sayings and prayers for ancestors placed at the shrine by followers.
Mr. Kimio Matusmoto in a beautiful "coffee house" to which he and Reverend Yamazaki took me in Kameoka. At the center of the low table (no chairs) is a kettle and sand box for heating tea or coffee.
Oomoto followers in the hall at the opening of the Grand Setsubun Festival.
The street leading to the temple is full of tourist shops. In the summer thousands of people visit his place. Is tourism and becoming "multicultural" going to save us from immanent destruction on this Earth?
It is said that Kiyomizu-dera (Clear Water Temple) was founded in 798 by the monk Enchin through the patronage of the warrior Tamuramaro.
This "pure water" temple includes these two streams of spring water (visible in the top center) that flow from the mountain above the temple into the pool at the bottom of the photo. Will rituals of purification save us from immanent destruction?
Mr. Kimura (front) joined us for lunch. Seat backs sit on the floor and our feet in a well beneath the table.
Ryoanji temple includes a small lake around which monks walk in meditative silence (the path is visible on the right).
Another view of this lake of meditation for Rinzai Zen monks. Do enlightened people in the Zen tradition manifest the great compassion (mahakaruna) necessary for transforming our world to a place of peace, justice, and prosperity for all peoples?
And this love (agape-karuna) must act in the here and now to abolish the nation-state system and global capitalism, the central institutions sustaining our world-disorder. It must act now to establish democratic world government that encompasses the unity-in-diversity of all who live upon the Earth, with an economic system focused on the infinite dignity and beauty of each person.
Genuine transformative action requires tremendous compassionate energy (agape-karuna). Nothing else has the power necessary to create a truly new world-order.