The Buddhist Path from Nuclear Power to Clean Energy

“Longing for the Pure Land; No Nukes, No Arms; Namu Amida Buddha”


Introduction: A Buddhist Roadmap to Engaging with Nuclear Energy

The Anti-Nuclear Protest Movement: 

Our longtime friends at the Nipponzan Myohoji Peace Pagoda are part of a major public campaign to roll back the use of nuclear power in Japan.  Slowly other Buddhists are joining in.

  • The Dhammayatra of Life 2015 bearing witness to the suffering caused by nuclear energy in Japan and creating solidarity with the communities around Japan’s nuclear power plants (March 5-August 9, 2015)
  • Court Rules Against Oi Reactor Restarts: Rev. Tetsuen Nakajima, a Shingon priest in Fukui and leader in the Interfaith Forum for the Review of National Nuclear Policy, speaks (video) for the citizens group that successfully fought in court the move for a second restart of the two reactors at Oi Nuclear Complex–the only ones that had been brought on line after the Fukushima incident. (May 21, 2014)

Buddhist Alternatives to Nuclear Energy:

So what is the alternative to nuclear power? to fossil fuels? to consumer lifestyles based on excessive consumption? Japanese Buddhists are now calling for reclaiming the traditional “buddhistic” lifestyle of contentment「少欲知足」(Jp. shoyoku-chisoku, Pali. santuti). Some are also trying to show the new way forward with ecological living based around the temple.

  • Shift the Power: Building a Buddhist Temple Community as a Mechanism for Environmental and Social Change (November 2, 2018)

Voices from Fukushima:

Buddhist priests and temple followers have worked selflessly for supporting their community members and trying to rebuild their areas in the wake of the disaster.

From the volume Lotus in the Nuclear Sea: Fukushima and the Promise of Buddhism in the Nuclear Age

Other Articles:

International Buddhist Voices on Fukushima:

The Inter Faith Forum for the Review of National Nuclear Policy

The Forum is a network of religious professionals (Buddhist, Christians and Shinto priests) from all parts of Japan working on anti-nuclear activities with 40 core representatives and over 800s members. Begun in 1993, its main purpose has been to rethink the political background of Japan’s nuclear policy. Since the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disasters of March 11, 2011, the Forum has provided emergency evacuation housing in temples and churches for children and pregnant mothers in the areas around the Fukushima nuclear power plants. One of the leaders of the forum is JNEB founding member Rev. Hidehito Okochi, a leader in creating sustainable economics and lifestyles from his Juko-in Temple and Edogawa Citizen’s Network in Tokyo. For more on their activities and viewpoints, click on the link above.

Declarations & Symposia Concerning Nuclear Power:

Questioning the Nuclear Accident: The Future and Religion: 

This is a 7 part series of editorials by Buddhist priests and laypeople long involved in the anti-nuclear movement that was published in the Bukkyo (Buddhist) Times in June and July, 2011.


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