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Tokyo Temple Presentation -ISKCON

  1. 1. NEW GAYA DHAM
  2. 2. INDO-JAPAN Relations – Historical Perspective <ul><li>Begun in 6 th century when Buddhism was introduced to Japan </li></ul><ul><li>India’s relationship with Japan are ideological, cultural or territorial </li></ul><ul><li>Japan supported for Netaji’s Indian National Army </li></ul><ul><li>In the post World War II period, India’s iron ore helped a great deal Japan’s recovery from the devastation </li></ul><ul><li>1946 Radha Binod Pal, Indian Judge, handed down a non-guilty verdict for Japan’s top wartime leaders at International Millitary tribunal </li></ul><ul><li>Donation of an Indian elephant- “Indira” for Japanese children in 1949 </li></ul><ul><li>1951 India invited Japan in Asian games despite Japan been barred from the London Olympics </li></ul><ul><li>Between the coast guards, combined exercises on anti-piracy, search & rescue etc </li></ul><ul><li>India’s young skilled and educated work force, supplementing the greying segment of Japan’s population </li></ul><ul><li>“ Japan-India exchange year 2007” to commemorate the 50 th anniversary of the Cultural Agreement </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a Temple <ul><li>Contribution of Temple to Japan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring the multi-national members closer together for the purpose of teaching a simpler, peaceful and more natural way of life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Propagate spiritual knowledge and awareness to society at large </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching Yoga, Meditation, Indian Classical Music etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For Indians, a place to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep in touch with Indian culture and religion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Held cultural communions and get-togethers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebrate festivals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Krishna Janamsthami </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diwali/Holi </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ram Navami </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Why need a Temple in Japan <ul><li>Place for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spiritual education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sacred meeting to congregate & revitalize spiritual energies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cherish cultural & religious heritage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chanting and hearing the glories of the Supreme Lord </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offering direct service to the Deities, Sri Radha-Krishna </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Activities in Temple </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Daily Aarti, Puja, Bhajan, Kirtan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sumptuous Krishna Prasad on Sundays & Festivals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular Satsang & Pravachan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching Yoga, Meditation, Indian Classical Music, Vegetarian Cooking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value Education for children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire Sacrifices (Yagyas) performed by qualified Brahmins </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Japanese Temples in India <ul><li>Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple in Darjeeling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Built in 1972 by Fuji Guru to promote peace and spirituality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Famous for its picturesque view and location </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The humming & solemn chanting of prayers provides a spiritual air </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Buddha temple in Sarnath- Mulagandha Kuti Vihar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The modern temple has been erected by Mahabdhi society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Having excellent Frescoes made by Kosetsu Nosu, Japan’s foremost painter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Managed by Japanese Buddhist Monk </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Popular Buddhist cities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lumbini, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Bodhgaya </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Proposed Temple Name – NEW GAYA DHAM <ul><li>Gaya </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A place sanctified by both the Hindus and the Buddhists alike </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A place where Lord Buddha left his foot steps nearly 2500years ago </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lord Buddha found Gaya as most tranquil and serene place for meditation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gaya is believed to have got the name from Gayasur, the Holy Demon </li></ul><ul><li>Gaya was so holy that he had the power to absolve the sins of those who touched him or looked at him </li></ul><ul><li>Even today many people used to visit Gaya to absolve the sins of their ancestors </li></ul>The 300 ft. tall Vishal Buddha Mandir, Bodh Gaya
  7. 7. Lord Buddha and Gaya – References in Bhagvad Gita <ul><li>Very famous Vedic text compiled 5000 years ago predicts Lord Buddha even before His advent as the incarnation of the Supreme Lord. </li></ul><ul><li>tatah kalau sampravrtte </li></ul><ul><li>sammohaya sura-dvisam </li></ul><ul><li>buddho namnanjana-sutah </li></ul><ul><li>kikatesu bhavisyati </li></ul><ul><li>- Srimad Bhagavatam 1:3:24 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Then, in the beginning of Kali-yuga, the Lord will appear as Lord Buddha, the son of Anjana, in the province of Gaya, just for the purpose of deluding those who are envious of the faithful theist.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Proposed Temple Site <ul><li>Near to a station </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3~12 mins walk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy accessibility </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Land Size </li></ul><ul><ul><li>~340 m 2 (~100 subo) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Building </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3-4 Floors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Temple Hall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Govida’s Kitchen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ashram, Yoga/Meditation Hall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural Hall- to be used by various Indo-Japan religious sects </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) <ul><li>Spiritual institution founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in July 1966 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Previously Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better known as the Hare Krishna movement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A worldwide confederation with </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10,000 temple devotees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>250,000 congregational devotees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Comprised of worldwide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More than 350 centres </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>60 rural communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>50 schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>60 restaurants </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Mission <ul><li>Promote the well being of society by teaching the science of Krishna consciousness according to Bhagvad-gita and other ancient scriptures </li></ul><ul><li>At the time of ISKCON's incorporation in July 1966 in New York City Srila Prabhupada set down seven points describing the goals of the Krishna consciousness movement: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To propagate a consciousness of Krishna (God) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To bring the members of the Society together and nearer to Krishna, the prime entity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To teach and encourage the sankirtana movement, congregational chanting of the holy name of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To erect holy places of transcendental pastimes dedicated to the personality of Krishna. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To bring the members closer together for the purpose of teaching a simpler, more natural way of life. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With a view towards achieving the aforementioned purposes, to publish and distribute periodicals, magazines, books and other writings. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Maha Mantra – Hare Krishna Hare Rama <ul><li>Maha mantra for bringing practitioners to higher state of consciousness when meditated/sung upon </li></ul><ul><li>Repeated, either out loud (kirtan), softly to oneself (japa), or internally within the mind </li></ul><ul><li>Srila Prabhupada describes the process of chanting the Maha Mantra as follows: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Krishna consciousness is not an artificial imposition on the mind; this consciousness is the original energy of the living entity. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When we hear the transcendental vibration, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>this consciousness is revived ... This chanting is directly enacted from the spiritual platform, and thus this sound vibration surpasses all lower strata of consciousness - namely sensual, mental, and intellectual ... As such anyone can take part in the chanting without any previous qualification.&quot; </li></ul></ul>Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
  12. 12. I NDIAN Temples Around the World Krishna Valley, Hungary Radhadesh, Belgium New Varsana, Auckland, New Zealand Glory of India, New Delhi, India Durban, South Africa Mayapur, West Bengal, India
  13. 13. I NDIAN Temples Around the World Shri Radha-Krishnacandra Mandir, Bangalore, India Sri Kishore-Kishori Mandir, Chicago, United States Utah-Krishna, United States Present Deities at ISKCON-Japan Krishna-Balram Mandir, Vrindavan, India New Vrindavan, West Virginia, United States

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