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Japanese monks want to create new temple…in space

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

In a lot of ways, Kyoto’s Daigoji is a quintessential Japanese temple. Located in the city’s Fushimi ward, it was founded in 874 and features such classical elements as a Benten altar in the middle of a pond and a five-story pagoda, which is one of the oldest structures in the city and designated as a national treasure by the Japanese government.

Image: Gounji

Daigoji’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage site doesn’t mean it’s stuck in the past, though, and for its newest initiative the 1,100-plus-year-old institution is heading into outer space.

Daigoji will be establishing a new temple with the help of Terra Space, a Kyoto-based satellite research and development company. The space temple will share space with an IoT communications satellite, with about half of its interior space dedicated to carrying Buddhist imagery, a mandala, and other religious items in low orbit, circling the earth once every 90 minutes at an altitude of around 450 kilometers.

▼ A diagram of the planned space temple

Image: Gounji

The new temple will be called Jotenin Gounji, with joten meaning “pure heaven” and the kanji characters for goun relating to Buddhist concepts about the flow of time and existence of humanity (in and ji both indicate a temple).

On Feb 8, Daigoji will be holding its first “space prayer ceremony,” praying for peace and safety as mankind continues to head out beyond the bounds of the earth. Future iterations will feature images broadcast from the Jotenin Gounji satellite, which is projected to be launched into orbit sometime in 2023.

Source: Gounji via IT Media

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The biggest cause of war throughout history.

I'm not sure about that. World War 2, Three Kingdoms War, and the Mongol Invasions are said to be the biggest wars in terms of deaths, and it's hard to find a religious cause. I'd say humanity is the biggest cause of war, so perhaps best to leave us humans behind and let some other species lead the space race. Rabbits maybe.

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So, not only do we get the, er, benefits of the military in space (space force) but now we get religion, as well.

Great idea. Weapons and religion. I mean, it's worked on Earth, right?

Soon to be available in orbit, at a space station near you...

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Japan, purest Buddhist country, unlike other Buddhist country where there are mixed of Chrisitian and Muslim.

I wonder how the Tantra Mantra sounds like in the space.

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If life ever takes off on another planet, let religion bear left behind. The biggest cause of war throughout history.

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Sounds good to me.

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Good idea but, everybody on earth isn't buddist..

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