Thousands of Buddhist Monks in Asia Learn Transcendental MeditationMore than 3,000 Buddhist monks in 100 monasteries throughout Southeast Asia have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique. One source of their inspiration to learn is the work of revered Japanese Buddhist monk, Reverend Koji Oshima, a longtime TM practitioner and certified TM teacher. According to Rev. Oshima, the Buddhist monks appreciate the simplicity, effortlessness, and profound experience of transcendence, which is gained almost immediately after starting the TM practice. Rev. Oshima adds that transcendence provides the natural basis for the monk’s subsequent prayers and practices.
During Maharishi’s many tours of Asian countries, he often visited monasteries and spoke personally to many Buddhist leaders. One prominent monk in Sri Lanka, who is now the leader, or “Shan Kara,” of one the three streams of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, has been instrumental in encouraging monks throughout the country to take TM instruction from Reverend Oshima.
|Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka beginning their day with the practice of the TM technique|
|Young students practicing the TM technique as part of their daily routine at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand|
Reverend Oshima has been awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Maharishi University for the significant contributions he has made to society by promoting the experience of Nirvana—the spiritual foundation for the achievement of the goals of Buddhism. Through Reverend Oshima’s travels and teaching of the Transcendental Meditation technique he has helped enliven the knowledge and direct experience of Absolute Being in the lives of thousands of Buddhist monks—an influence that helps heighten the peace, happiness and sustainable progress of these monasteries and the world around them.
|Reverend Koji Oshima (center) with students who have learned the TM technique at a monastery in Thailand|