On March 11, Japan was struck by a natural disaster of the unprecedented magnitude. Northeast Japan and the surrounding regions have lost many lives in the earthquake and the following tsunami, and there are still a number of people missing. Moreover, people of the affected areas are under severe living conditions due to the ongoing situation at the nuclear plant in Fukushima.
It has been reported that many Buddhist temples in the disaster areas were severely damaged. I was deeply touched when I heard that some of the less-damaged temples in the area became evacuation shelters, and that priests were holding services, reciting sutras at cremation facilities.
In the mean time, the rest of us who witnessed the devastation from a distance have been deliberating over what we can do. The 28th of April marks the '49 days after passing' memorial for the victims of this earthquake and tsunami. Although It is probably too soon of a memorial for the bereaved, I sincerely hope the memorial will help them to cope with the pain of loss.
On 28th of April at 2:46PM, I ask every temple with a belfry to toll the bell to bring our minds together. I also request the headquarters of each denomination as well as other temples in Japan to hold the '49 days after passing' memorial services to send our prayers along with incense smoke to the victims and the surviving people in disaster areas.
To recover from this earthquake, I believe it is essential that we work together with intention of long term relief effort. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to ask for your warm support.
Japan Buddhist Federation
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