The Mirror of Shinto
Jim Wilson, Co-Founder of Many Rivers Books & Tea
Thursday, March 12, 7:30 pm
Suggested Donation: $5

What is a religion? What does being spiritual mean? Different traditions give different answers to these questions. In this talk Jim Wilson will discuss how Shinto, the indigenous spiritual tradition of Japan, approaches these kinds of questions, as well as how non-Japanese have approached Shinto practice and its basic teachings. Shinto has no founder, no sacred text, and no specific set of ethical demands. Yet Shinto has a pervasive influence on Japanese culture. Because of this western scholars have found Shinto to be a puzzle and difficult to access. This allows us to see our own cultural assumptions and expectations as we stand in front of the mirror of Shinto.

Jim Wilson studied Buddhism in Japan, Korea, and the U.S. for 30 years. He has been a Buddhist monk, and Prison Chaplain. These days Jim spends most of his free time writing poetry, specializing in Japanese forms such as haiku, in English.


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