Everything But Nirvana: The Authentic Leadership Journey of a Japanese Buddhist, Shoukei MATSUMOTO

Work with Buddha

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I relocated my office from meeting room to the main hall. It's very nice to work with Buddha who is always taking care of me.


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Taking pears for an offering out of wrapping paper.


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Offering pears for Buddha.


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Incense and burner.


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From Buddha's view.


My workplace is Komyoji Temple. Since I can work anywhere as long as I carry my laptop, it's possible to work even in the main hall at temple. Previously, no one was regularly present in the main hall. But I observed that when I am present in the main hall by chance, it's easier for visitors to enter the hall and give prayer. So I decided to relocate my regular workplace from meeting room to the main hall recently.

The effect is gradually getting clear. During my stay at the hall, more people come and give prayer inside the hall. Did it!

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Shoukei MATSUMOTO
>>Profile Born in 1979 in Hokkaido, after the graduation from The University of Tokyo, Keisuke Matsumoto has worked in Komyoji Temple Tokyo for 7 years. As a head of Young Buddhist Association of Komyoji Temple, he launched new initiatives like Temple Cafe Project and Twilight Music Festival. After studying MBA in India, he is teaching "Temple Management" in Japan.