17 Jan '15, 3pm
The #dreams we carry and why we pray
The Buddhist priest speaking to the crowd I haven’t prayed in ten years. I don’t even think about reaching out to a higher power unless I am looking for enlightenment to fix my Apple TV’s wifi problems or desperately need a sea of traffic to part so I can arrive on time. But last night, in the early, quiet moments of a chilly dusk, I breathed in the incense, took another look at the temple’s golden pavilion, and I bowed my head alongside 400 Japanese entrepreneurs and investors. Kigan . Japan is not a particularly religious country, but this is its word for “prayer.” Japanese people are most likely to say a prayer at one of the many Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples dotting the countryside. There is no either-or rule in Japan – 80 percent of Japanese get married in a Shinto or Christian-style ceremony and 90 percent hold Buddhist funerals. Pray where you want to whom you ...