SBP Blog

Rescuing a Symbol of Peace, an interview with T.K. Nakagaki with The State of Belief

Michael Palmer - Monday, February 11, 2019

The State Of Belief with Dr. Welton Gaddy sat down with Rev. Dr. T.K. Nakagaki, author of The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross about the misappropriation of the swastika by the Nazis, overturning its long history as a symbol of peace in Asian religions. Can its original meaning ever be reclaimed?

TK Nakagaki with The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross

The swastika, for thousands of years, was used by Hindu, Buddhist and Jain communities to bring good luck, safety and peace. But, less than 100 years ago, it was co-opted by the Nazis to symbolize racial purity and Aryan nationalism, and that’s still how it is widely viewed today. To understand how a religious symbol of good luck and well-being became a worldwide symbol of hate and terror, Welton speaks with the Rev. T. K. Nakagaki, a prominent Buddhist and interfaith leader, on his new book, The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler’s Cross: Rescuing a Symbol of Peace from the Forces of Hate.

Listen to the interview here: https://stateofbelief.com/segments/rescuing-a-symbol-of-peace/
 


Like our blog? Please share it!

Categories

Subscribe to the SBP Mailing List

New Releases

Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan


Going to Japan? This unfussy modern guide guarantees you keep it polite and get it right!

Easy and Fun Katakana


Learn the second key Japanese syllabary from every angle: reading, writing, and real-world examples.

Oh, Tama!


A deeply eccentric novel about lives and connections—and a cat of course—in 1980s Tokyo: witty, offbeat, and strangely profound.

The Fourth String


Two women. Two cultures. One music.

Tag Cloud

disney foreigner in japan journal of a zen monks wife in japan review welton gaddy new books paul mccarthy understandind china through comics benjamin franklin award tracy franz haibun amys guide to bes tbehavior in japan catcher in the rye mieko kanai Basho koun mark gibeau UCLA japan memoir kyoto journal' monks wife 2020 Olympics fred schodt guide buddhist world literature today manga Travel ningen shikkaku zen yukio mishima kansuke naka the fourth string a memoir of sensei and me non-fiction ibpa publishing university book signing finalist asian review of books suicide Interview reviews Shoah japan custom Chinese Astrology performance ex pat literature japan today japanese craft memoir writing verticle zen monk wife new york events Japanese aesthetics four immigrants asia author signing japan guide event american shamisen learning shamisen traditional Coming of Age Day suehiro maruo photography japan etiquette hooked cross giajin comics graphic novels kinokuniya event Korea Japan damian flanagan rachel manley Chinese New Year publishing books eating in japan book hoarding bookstore monk wife japan behavior poetry of consciousness classic anime janet pocorbba swastika no longer human illustration walt disney the fourth string wife otakuusa alan brill chinese comics zen monk in japan year of zen peace monk what do in japan how to astro boy a mejiro novel student teacher stone bridge press Okinawan literature benjamin franklin awards japanese travel oh tama award japanese book japan book review jun hazuki drinking in japan tea foreword reviews journal why we write podcast zen monk japan travel pottery dark horse miswest book review memior the japan times manga biography gaijin pot ancient symbols Christianity in Japan Children's Literature osamu dazai Spring Festival shaimsen japan trip a memoir of sensei and me tricycle magazine japan book Anime/Manga/Comics zazen how to travel in japan pacific rim review of books best behavior in japan william f sibley japanese music author tour VIZ politics and prose astrology seppuku a memoir center of east asian studies Asian Studies Art/Design lesley university visitor musical japanese books The Colorado Review Spirituality religion the millions will eisner AAS leonard koren japanese instruments Korea photography matcha hiroaki sato book reviews 1960's Japan hitlers cross awards shamisen performance book review osamu tezuka IBPA alan moore podcast author event literary review kyodo news green tea university of chicago summer vacation travel to japan Chinese culture koto gallery awa foreword indies japanese people gratitude in japan buddhist swastika book talk tk nakagaki janet pocrobba japan visitor literature comic history holocaust Chinese history Japanese holidays evil World War II frederik schodt buddhist priest Year of the Dog journal of a zen monk's wife gaijinpot bowing in japan diary japanese instrument tourist eastern and western philosophy min kahng osaka PEN AWARD how to order in japan dazai japan food gaijin new release lions roar buddhism in the woods of memory expat michael emmerich tea garden japan vacation amy chavez diymfa Japanese literature trip donald keene polite book publicity 2019 nichi bei weekly, naomi hirarahara Language Culture memoir, tracy franz, zen monk, buddhist tomoko aoyama Japanese art book blurb japanese cutlure huffington post shamisen danica davidson nara buddhist symbols the buddhist swastika literary prize japanese customs takuma sminkey internment Nikolas Bunton stone bridge cafe etiquette brad hawley History japanese japanese translation book jared cook a shameful life book tour Second World War the asian review of books Basho's Narrow Road japan restaurant behavior japanese etiquette author hitler japan culture ritual sensei new york japanese bath jing liu Tokyo Olympics frank beyer shun medoruma black jack 1960s Korea travel Japan forewrod reviews indies henry kiyama haiku ancient symbol japanese drunk journal of a zen monk the silver spoon purification janet pocorobba juddhism memoir manji book award blurb Poetry Alexandra Johnson washington dc sensei and me china history Christianity nazi japanese classic tokyo state of belief huffpost diy mfa traditional japanese instrumenet japanese culture Olympics publicity monks wife t.k. nakagaki japan books book reading manners the japan society learning in japan amys guide to best behavior in japan traditional japanese instrument my year of dirt and water hippocampus magazine Children's Books classic japanese literature writing holden caufield WWII the hidden writer hate Translation interfaith announcement Chiune Sugihara japanese books in english Ukiyo-e living in japan World War Two do it right and be polite China fantasy literature
RSS