Hiroshima and Shinran

Today marks 76 years since the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and killed 100,000+ civilians. It will not be recognized at the olympic games, but a small ceremony will take place in Hiroshima.

In New York City, it is possible to see a statue that survived the bombing, just 1.5 miles from the epicenter. The statue is of Shinran, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism. It stands outside the New York Buddhist Church on Riverside and 105th, only two blocks away from where I taught social studies.

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