Prayer for World Peace (8/10/19)

New York, N.Y. Thinking about Memorial Day in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 5th On August 5th, the Atomic Bomb Drop Memorial Ceremony of the Shinto priests in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was held at both the Japan Society and the United Nations.

I am a Shinto priest, requested to pray for peace as a Shinto priest, and talked for about three minutes. Shinto is believed to be a religion that expresses the FEELING disposition of the Japanese people, and attention is paid to HOW how the Japanese feel about the atomic bomb memorial.

In November last year, I wrote a story about suddenly attending the World Congress of Religions as a representative of Shinto. At that time, I thought again about Shinto. The point that Shinto is the most different from other religions in the world is that it treats disasters caused by humans as if they were one universe rule and as a natural disaster such as a typhoon or earthquake. I wondered if this was the case.

From a global perspective, it seems like the majority of people think that it is natural to hate someone who has caused a disaster caused by a person. ONE WOULD FEEL BITTERNES. THEYW OULD FOCUS ON REVENGE. BUT, ON THE OCONTRARY, THE ATOM BOMB, JAPANES EFEELING IS VERY DIFFERENT. IT IS DEFINATELY AMERIA DID I, BUT WE DON;T THINK OF REVENGE OFR HATRED TOWRADS AMERICA. THIS IS STARNG FOR OTHERS

I hate the other person and become full of thoughts on how to defeat them. On the other hand, what do we Japanese think of the atomic bomb? Obviously what the United States did, is it an attitude that hates, abuses, hates, resents, and returns to America?

Now, 74 years later, we Japanese consider the atomic bomb as a very REGRETABLE stupid thing that humankind has done, but we haven’t finished it with the resentment that it was done by the United States.

I think this is a very Shinto way of thinking, in which things are captured in a larger and cosmic way and things are seen in a larger perspective. UNCHALLENGEABLE FORCE OF NATURE

IN THE JAPANES MIND, SOMETHING WE CANNOT CHALLENGE. THEREOFRE IT BECOEMES A UNIVERSAL ACT. In Shinto, we sense, worship, and accept the power of nature and its power. It is the first important thing in Shinto to recognize its existence by knowing that its power is far greater than that of oneself. Honor nature, awe, and thank. That is Shinto. WE DON;T TRY TO CONQUER NATURE. THE NATURE OF GOD DID IT.

Accept as a work of space

As you know, Japan is a country with many disasters. Recently, the number of disasters has increased. In the face of the great threat of nature, we Japanese have gone through UNVELIEVEABLE suffering and suffering, but no matter how many times we are done, we crawl up from there and build a new life with pride. TYPHOONS

The Japanese think that nature is God rather than trying to control nature, and that a natural disaster is caused by God. It is us and the Japanese who accept all with respect and fear for nature, even though it is painful and painful. From there, new shoots emerge and grow.

The Japanese did not hate the atomic bomb as the work of the Americans, but accepted it as the work of God as in the case of natural disasters. The atomic bomb burned the entire human body and building in an instant.

It was estimated that about 210,000 people died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in total, and the number of casualties was estimated to be about 368,000 people, and all those people were burned in an instant.

The atomic bomb is radioactive and is burned from inside the body. The phenomenon of a person sitting on a concrete staircase with only a black shadow is a condition that is burned by radiation from inside the human body within just a few seconds.

Even with that experience, the Japanese accepted it as if they had accepted the natural disaster. Rather than burning their hearts with revenge, hatred, or revenge, they dedicated themselves to getting up again.

Today, the world is in a era of division and spends a lot of energy on hatred. Hate, hold grudges, rob, but what’s ahead? In these times, thinking like Shinto in Japan is very important.We accept different opinions, different things, and even horrifying experiences, and try to create a new way of life from there.

When I said at the World Religious Congress in Toronto last November, many audiences wept. I was also grateful for what I understood, and ended the story with tears.

World peace is not achieved by weapons or military power. Rather, connecting each one to the universe ONE BY INE and nature will bring peace to my heart. Japanese Shinto is like that.

(Next issue will be on August 17th)

Originally published as Vol. 3 in Weekly Biz, September 30, 2017; translated by Jim Luce.

See: Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura Column in Japan’s Weekly Biz



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Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura
Dr. Kazuko was born into a distinguished old family in Kyoto, Japan, and graduated from Toho conservatory of Music in Tokyo. In 1961 she came to U.S. as a pianist sponsored by the Boston Symphony. She studied at Boston University, New York University, and received her Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine from New York State University and the International Academy of Education in Tokyo. From 1968 to 1992, she promoted cultural exchanges from East to West and vice versa, and became a world famous impresario, producing 2,000 events each year all over the world encompassing over 140 countries. In this connection, in 1972, she went to Dharamsala to find the lost Tibetan Folk Opera, and met His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with whom she remains a lifelong friend. In 1973 and 1991 she arranged and funded personally the tours of the Folk Opera of Tibet to the West. She has received many medals and honors from different countries. Her tireless life long work in Philanthropic field is vast and well known ranging from Save the Beacon Theater, Save the Boat People, Help the Homeless, natural disasters of earthquakes and tsunamis, as well as relief to AIDS and HIV positive children in Africa. She has been a dedicated Board Member to both the J. Luce Foundation and Orphans International for years. Her work focuses on the Tibetan people; Tibetan children remain especially strong in her heart. She raised fund for the new academic building for Manjushree Orphanage in Tawang, India and supported many aspects of the school. See HuffPo pieces entitled Japanese Holistic Healer in NYC to Build School for Tibetan Orphans in India, A Japanese Dinner with Raul Castro’s Daughter, and NYC Gala in Support of Tibetan Orphans Set for January.

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