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"Buddhafs final journey"

Namaste!

Buddhafs vow (above) was our deepest aim in establishing gThe Japan Association for Buddhist Nursing and Vihara Studies (JABNVS).h  The main concern of the JABNVS is ginochi,h or gLifeh;  we elucidate Japanese-style theories and practices dealing with Life based on Buddhafs teachings.

The purpose of the JABNVS is to consider many issues related to Life from the perspective of Buddhism: not only nursing or terminal care, but also medical care, well-being, education, and similar related fields.

In addition, we aim to construct and prove theories and practices that respect an original Japanese way.  While avoiding prejudice and ethnocentrism, we hope to demonstrate the utility of Japanese theories to give confidence to their practitioners.

 Imagine a weaving loom. The warp is Buddhism; the woof is academia; the work and activities of the JABNVS are its shuttle. We weave a cloth from the yarn of issues related to Life, to make a fine Japanese kimono comfortable to its wearers.  If we can develop a suitable way of weaving and tailoring, we may be able to apply it to other cultural costumes as well.

Many problems of Life are by-products of modern society and civilization, inseparable from modern science.  While some people look to science to resolve these problems, this hope is misplaced.

Life is the central concern of all religion, not only of Buddhism. World religions have considered problems of Life for more than two thousand years, producing many rules and approaches.  If we do not mobilize all the wisdom and methods of religion as well as of the sciences, we shall not solve the crises of modern society.  Therefore, we consider problems related to Life through the universal teaching of Buddhism, unconfined to the doctrine of any particular sect or school.

One of the founders of the JABNVS, Akiko Fujihara, already developed a gBuddhist Theory of Nursing,h combining Buddhist wisdom and teaching with modern nursing theories. Masashi Tamiya, another central founder, proposed gViharah; a Japanese-style Buddhist terminal care. Through their research and presentations, they have received much constructive criticism as well as strong support.

Many people sympathize with our association, where we discuss, study, and research problems related to Life, with Buddhism, medical care, nursing, well-being, education and related fields serving as common and unifying keywords.

 

So the gJapan Association for Buddhist Nursing and Vihara Studiesh was established by young colleagues, with Reverend Seigyoku Takatsukasa of Zenko-ji Temple, Professor Kosho Mizutani, and Professor Gen Oi, as its honorary advisors. We hope for your kind support and participation as well.

With bowed head and hands,

Sincerely Yours,

The Japan Association for Buddhist Nursing and Vihara Studies 
Founders' Representatives

Akiko Fujihara, Masashi Tamiya

December, 2004

Translated by Carl Becker and Josef Gohori.
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