In Japan, Buddhism May Be Dying Out

20 07 2008

full article

“Across Japan, Buddhism faces a confluence of problems, some familiar to religions in other wealthy nations, others unique to the faith here.”

“According to a 2007 report by the Japan Consumers’ Association, the average cost of a funeral, excluding the cemetery plot, was $21,500, of which $5,100 covered services performed by a Buddhist priest.”

I have no idea how much, if anything, one must pay a Catholic priest for a funeral mass but it surely cant be that expensive!



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13 01 2009
New Years Shrine Visits Hit Record High « Catholic in Japan

[…] ago about the cost of Buddhist funerals and it stated that roughly $5,000 is paid to the priest.  click here for that article.    That is one example but other ceremonies, such as a kind of Shinto baptism […]

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