Japanese Buddhism

illustration of Fudu Myoo, Shingon

IdeasMagazine | Feature

The Subjugation of Evil

In the esoteric Japanese tradition, subduing the external evils of the world as well as the inner evils of one’s own mind is a central element of practice. A scholar explains why we shouldn’t dismiss it…

By Eric Swanson

Kobo Daishi Shingon Buddhism

IdeasMagazine | Feature

Who Was Kobo Daishi?

A bodhisattva-like miracle worker credited with founding the Shingon school, Kobo Daishi—known as Kukai during his life—is a monumental figure in Japan but little known to North American Buddhists.

By Aaron P. Proffitt

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