Recently publications about yōkai are prevalent, but what are they exactly?  The answer seems to be rather vague.  Here’s Wikipedia’s answer: “a class of supernatural monsters, spirits and demons in Japanese folklore. The word yōkai is made up of the … Continue reading

Zen and Shinto 18: Values

Sincerity, loyalty, self-sacrifice.  Zen or Shinto values? Mindfulness is a key concept in both Zen and Shinto.  Purification and egolessness too. Harae (purification) and kegare (impurity) in Shinto resemble Delusion and Attachment in Buddhism.  The goal in both religions is … Continue reading

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