Hosted by filmmaker Yujiro Seki, Carving the Divine TV is a series of Q&A sessions with Buddhist scholars and practitioners. These Q&A sessions explore the basic concepts of Buddhism and the history of Buddhism so that when viewers finally watch Carving the Divine they will get the maximum value of the documentary.
Today, we have the honor and privilege of welcoming Negi/ Senior Shinto Priest of Tsubaki America Shrine, Rev. Lawrence Koichi Barrish to talk about the basic foundation of Shinto idea and tradition. To gain a deeper understanding of Japanese Buddhism, it is indispensable to get to know Shinto. Besides that, Shinto is an amazing Japanese spiritual tradition which by itself is worth your time to learn about! Please come and join our discussion about Shinto. I assure you that it will open up your mind and teach you something very different yet inspiring!
We will be asking important questions such as:
What is the belief history of Shinto? Is there any particular founder?
What is the relationship between Shinto and Buddhism?
What is Shinbutsu-shūgō?
What is Kami?
What are the examples of Kami?
Is Buddha Kami?
How can we venerate/worship Kami?
How are Shinto activities in the US? Is it becoming more popular?
In 1992 Koichi Barrish, an instructor of Aiki-do founded Tsubaki Kannagara Jinja to enshrine the spirit of Sarutahiko-no-O-Kami and the spirit of Morihei Ueshiba No Mikoto (the Kami). Indeed, Koichi Barrish Sensei is no doubt a rare person who has been really trying to overcome the difficulties of understanding the true meaning of Shinto, to continue day and night Gyo (ascetic practice) and Misogi, and who has finally become a Shinto priest – as an American he is the first in Shinto history. Please follow Barrish Sensei and you all can be able to become persons of self-perfection, making your family happier and serving for the benefit of other people and society and for world peace. In Shinto we can have new days that are fulfilling (kokonotari). If you live this way you can fill up energy in each corner of your being. —— written in 1997 by the late Yamamoto Yukitaka Sendai Guji 96 Generation High Priest of Tsubaki Okami Yashiro