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Buddhist monks belly up to the bar

In order to attract more people to Buddhism in Japan, three monks regularly perform at a Tokyo jazz bar, reports the BBC. After chanting for 20 minutes, the monks sit down with the audience to chat and.... make balloon flowers....

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In order to attract more people to Buddhism in Japan, three monks regularly perform at a Tokyo jazz bar, reports the BBC. After chanting for 20 minutes, the monks sit down with the audience to chat and…. make balloon flowers. “Many Japanese don’t want to come to temple,” says one monk. “They think Buddhism is very difficult, and deep and serious, but Buddhism is much more than that – exciting, funny even. I want to spread this kind of teaching.” But the performances have upset some Buddhists. What do you think?