Looking for an NPR program on Buddhist Funerals that played yesterday on an LA NPR station.
March 31, 2011 4:13 PM   Subscribe

On NPR in Los Angeles yesterday there was a segment on Buddhist funeral practices in Japan, and an interview with a Buddhist monk. What show was it? Is there a downloadable or listen-able on line version of it?

I'm doing a report on Buddhist funeral practices in Japan. (Buddhist specifically... Shinto is very interesting but not what the report I'm writing is about. ) Yesterday on an NPR station (I am not sure which one) there was a segment that included an interview with a buddhist monk about funeral practices. Does anyone know what show it was and if it's available online somewhere for listening? (I would be willing to purchase it but usually NPR offers their more popular programs for free listen)

Also, if anyone has any other cool, non-book, recent (but needn't be current events specific. I am looking for more general, traditional info and already have enough sources to cover the portion of the report where I must talk about funeral service in wake of the recent tragedies in Japan.) media about Buddhist funeral practices in Japan specifically please pass them along!
(yes I have already seen Departures and The Funeral.)
posted by RampantFerret to Religion & Philosophy (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Was it this interview?
posted by lesli212 at 4:16 PM on March 31, 2011

posted by lesli212 at 4:16 PM on March 31, 2011

Response by poster: Huh. How did I overlook it on the NPR website when I looked? it seems very obvious. *derp.* I needed the info to cite it. Cool, thanks!
posted by RampantFerret at 4:26 PM on March 31, 2011

A friend of mine wrote this essay about her family's Buddhist temple and crematorium (which happens to be very near where the tsunami hit -- they are sadly overwhelmed with business lately):

Letter from a Japanese Crematorium
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 6:43 PM on March 31, 2011 [3 favorites]

Thank you for that link, Artifice_Eternity. Moving.
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:56 PM on March 31, 2011

Oh, and she also just wrote this for the New Yorker.
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 6:58 PM on March 31, 2011

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