Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawai‘i: An Illustrated Guide by George J. Tanabe,Willa Jane Tanabe

By George J. Tanabe,Willa Jane Tanabe

Upon getting into a jap Buddhist temple in Hawai‘i, such a lot people—whether first-time viewers or lifelong members—are crushed by way of the flowery and complicated demonstrate of golden adorns, intricately carved altar tables and incense burners, and pictures of venerable masters and bodhisattvas. those items, in addition to the architectural components of the temple itself, have meanings which are usually hidden in historic symbolisms. This e-book, written by means of neighborhood experts on jap artwork and faith, presents an intensive but obtainable evaluate of Buddhism in Hawai‘i by way of a temple-by-temple advisor to the rest constructions around the state.

Introductory chapters conceal the fundamental background, teachings, and practices of assorted denominations and the meanings of gadgets ordinarily present in temples. Taken jointly, they shape a brief primer on Buddhism in Japan and Hawai‘i. the guts of the booklet is a story description of the 90 temples nonetheless extant in Hawai‘i. Augmented by way of over 350 colour pictures, each one access starts off with old historical past details and keeps with descriptions of structure, sanctuaries, statuary and formality implements, columbariums, and grounds. Appended on the finish is a chart directory each one temple's denomination, club quantity, and architectural type.

While many Buddhist temples in Hawai‘i are lively social and spiritual facilities, an exceptional quantity are in severe decline. as well as being an advent to Buddhism and a advisor book, eastern Buddhist Temples of Hawai‘i is an integral historic checklist of what exists this present day and what can be long past the next day. it's going to attract temple participants, pilgrims, citizens, and travelers drawn to neighborhood cultural and historical websites, and historians of Buddhism in Hawai‘i.

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