Modern-day Terakoya: “School Nalanda, Volume 4, Kyoto” – Wisdom for Now and into the Future. At Nishi Honganji Temple, Dendōin. February 9-10.
Since 2017, “School Nalanda” has been a space where young people in their teens and 20s can explore ideas and learn together. In an era where we are challenged to find our own moral compass amid a sea of competing values, the Honganji sect of Jōdo Shinshū Buddhism created this “modern-day terakoya (temple school)” as a space to explore the ideas and wisdom that can support young people to focus their own thinking.
In this latest session, dubbed “School Nalanda Volume 4, Kyōto”, the theme is “conceiving of a society where people are free to express their diverse values and ways of life”. Guest speakers will include international fashion designer Akira Minagawa, international contemporary dancer Yasutake Shimaji, and researcher Dr Osamu Sakura, whose work explores the evolution of science, technology and human society. Monks from the Jōdo Shinshū Honganji sect will also speak. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to tour the national treasures normally off-limits to the public at World Heritage Site Nishi Honganji, and will be able to see onsite activities such as incense and rosary workshops. Lunch will be o-toki, a special shōjin-ryōri meal of the type served to the attendants of Buddhist services.
Participants at the 2017 session.
School Nalanda Volume 4, Kyoto – Details
■ Date and time: February 9 & 10 (Sat/Sun). 09:30-17:00
■ Venue: Nishi Honganji Temple, Dendōin (Kyōto Shimogyō ku, Horikawa Hanayachō sagaru)
- February 9 (Sat): Akira Minagawa (fashion designer), Yasutake Shimaji (dancer and choreographer), Tomoo Fujimaru (priest, Jōdo Shinshū Honganji sect)
- February 10 (Sun): Osamu Sakura (theoretical science researcher), Saeri Natsuo (freelance writer), Masafumi Takeda (clinical psychologist/ monk, Jōdo Shinshū Honganji sect)
■ Max. number of participants: 60 people. (Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Applications will close as soon as all places have been allocated.)
■ Target age group: teens and 20s
- Adults: 3,000 yen per day, 5,000 yen for the two days. (Lunch included.)
- Students: 2,000 yen per day, 3,000 yen for the two days. (Lunch included. Student ID must be presented) The sessions are entirely in Japanese. A link to the application form (in Japanese) is available at: http://www.hongwanji.or.jp/project/news/n002574.html