The University of Iowa

Buddhism after the Tsunami event March 14

March 11th, 2013

To mark the second anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and the Department of Religious Studies would like to invite you to a jointly sponsored film showing of "Buddhism after the Tsunami - The Souls of Zen 3/11 Japan Special," followed by a discussion to be led by Tim Graf, one of the filmmakers who will also introduce the film. The event will take place from 4:30-6 p.m., Thursday, March 14, 101 Becker Communication Studies Building. The showing and discussion is open to the public. Please contact CAPS by phone at 319-335-1305 or email at if you have any questions about attending the event.

Film Showing and Discussion: "Buddhism after the Tsunami - The Souls of Zen 3/11 Japan Special" a film by Tim Graf & Jakob Montrasio

Time and Date: 4:30-6:00 p.m., Thursday, March 14, 2013

Place: 101 Becker Communication Studies Building (BCSB), UI Campus

This documentary presents perspectives on Buddhism in the midst of Japan’s recovery from the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters. Souls of Zen explores the role of Buddhism in care for the 3/11 bereaved and the dead based on attention to the everyday lives of Buddhist professionals in the disaster zone. Shot from March to December 2011 with a focus on Zen and Pure Land Buddhism, the film captures Buddhist temples and local communities in their struggles to rebuild. By contextualizing the triple disaster within recent rapid transformations in Buddhism and Japan’s enduring tradition of ancestor veneration, Souls of Zen reflects on the complex role of Buddhism in a society shaped by natural disasters, religious pluralism, and demographic change.