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March 28th, 2011
10:21 AM ET

Mass graves replace elaborate funerals in Japan

Ikuo Fujiwara stops in front of the wreckage of the Buddhist temple, brings his hands together and prays.

The monk bursts into tears, an involuntary act, as he asks heaven what he can do to comfort his destroyed hometown and begin to rebuild his house of worship.

Fujiwara needs heaven to speak to him, for he must preside over Kamaishi's first mass burials in memory. Behind his temple, the sound of heavy machinery digging giant ditches for unmarked coffins echoes through the shattered remains of the 300-year-old building.

"We don't have enough places to cremate the bodies," says Fujiwara. "So temporarily, we're burying the bodies here."GO

Read the full story about Japan's Buddhist funerals after the earthquake and tsunami
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Buddhism • Death

soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. HeavenSent

    I dont appreciate some of you making fun of my weight. I cannot help it that I am 328 lbs because of a medical condition.
    Praise Him..

    March 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  2. HeavenSent

    Worship Jesus or you are going to he ll
    Amen..

    March 29, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  3. Zerg Rush

    Hs you are blind and bitter. I have never seen a more ignorant person ever. You need to get a life, possibly laid, and mental help because you aren't benifiting society and all you do is bring it down.

    March 29, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  4. HeavenSent

    You people are beyond disgusting. But, you already know that. You steal my handle, write your nonsense and then have the audacity to reply to the bogus fraud of yourselves that stole my handle in the first place. You're exactly why Christians don't listen to you liars, cheats, thieves, con artists as yourself. I haven't written on this bogus blog since last Thursday, when you originally stole my handle.

    Amen..

    March 29, 2011 at 1:23 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Don't you just LOVE HS's pronouncement that Scott will be "joining them in he ll"?

      HS, do you believe the infants who perished will also go to h ell?

      Speaking of infants, you're one big crybaby. If you think this site is bogus, leave. There are plenty of others. Or perhaps you should get off the computer and go do something concrete for others. That'd be a novel activity for you.

      March 29, 2011 at 10:14 am |
    • HeavenSent

      You are going to hell Tom. No doubt about that.
      Amen..

      March 29, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • Earthbound

      Hey Tom, don't worry about it. Hell in the Bible is temporary, all get OUT of it. The saints to go to heaven to judge/rule, the rest to come to earth. Rev. 20:13, 14, Acts 24:15, Ecclesiastes 3:17-20, Isaiah 33:24, 35:all, 65:17, 20, 11:6-9, Matthew 5:5, 6:10. Your hell will having to continue living here with HeavenSent. 😉

      March 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  5. HeavenSent

    You are a funny person Scott.
    Praise Him

    March 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Not nearly as hilarious as you are, HS. Why are you here and not attending to those in need? Why are you wasting your precious time on earth posting on a forum to those who don't believe you no matter what you spew? Why not spend your last years doing good to those who are so sorely in need? Those who are hungry and can't afford food? Those who are cold and have no shelter? Those who are lonely and sick and dying and have NO ONE to sit by their beds and hold their hands? WHY AREN'T YOU THERE? Don't you think that's where CHRIST WOULD BE?

      Get off your duff. Go do something worthwhile and stop squandering the time you have left on this planet.

      March 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      How many handles do you have Tommie Tom, looser. Let's see, you have Tommie, Tom, then LJ, then Scott K. I wouldn't be surprised if you are Reality and Observer. You remind me of ScottAZ. Maybe you are him. Don't worry Tommie, Tom, ever true Christian knows this is a bogus site when you steal handles and write your nonsense behind it.

      Amen..

      March 29, 2011 at 1:28 am |
    • LJ

      "How many handles do you have Tommie Tom, looser. Let's see, you have Tommie, Tom, then LJ, then Scott K. I wouldn't be surprised if you are Reality and Observer."

      HS these people are not me and you continue to lie about it is truly funny. Thank you for proving you don't understand writing styles or comprehend what you are reading. Your pride is truly sad to see which shows how deep rooted Satan's hold has on you.

      March 29, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • LJ

      HS What is so funny is you continue to make false accusations about me but not once have you apologized. That truly shows how hardened your heart has become, I do hope one day you understand the full power of Christ's love.

      March 29, 2011 at 8:46 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      BWAHAHHAHA! Nope, you paranoid crazy loon, I haven't used any other monikers here. Just this one, dear. Too bad you can't discount the opinions expressed by so many different posters as belonging to just one person. It's pretty much unanimous, you creepy old woman: you're nothing but a hollow, nasty, noisy, banging cymbal.

      March 29, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  6. HeavenSent

    I am good with my walk with Jesus and I have his protection. I know where I am going, do you?

    It is s @ d (very s @ d) what happened to J@ pan but I am not surprised at what happened. Get right with Jesus and things will get better.
    God Bless

    March 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You have yet to explain why places like Kansas are struck by tornadoes and why Missouri is flooded on a regular basis, you nincompoop.

      Good Lord, but you're a moron. I've never seen anyone so freakin' stupid.

      March 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, you don't. As long as you're here, HS, blathering your nonsense and driving away anyone who might otherwise be attracted to Christ, you're doing nothing good whatsoever. When are you going to wake up and figure that out? Will it take another stroke? Another myocardial infarction? Stop this idiocy and go do something concrete, you fool.

      March 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • Ficheye

      Jesus says that you are going to hell. You are guilty of the sin of pride. He said you are no better than anyone else and that even a fool knows that there was never any such thing as hell or the devil. Preachers made it all up to scare you.

      March 29, 2011 at 12:59 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Tom in respect to flooding etc that you ask about. Bad things happen to those that 1. Dont believe in Jesus 2. Believe in Jesus but they are doing something wrong. When things happen to me I always look to see where my walk with jesus is and everytime I make the corrections, things get better. That is the way God works.
      Amen..

      March 29, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Ficheye is also going to hell
      Amen..

      March 29, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  7. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    More crap from HS, just as I predicted. HS the turd is attempting to tell us all who's going to heaven based on her idiotic interpretation of Christianity.

    Imagine her shock when she finds herself in Hades.

    March 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • ScottK

      HS as she arrives at Hades gate "What the heck? This is not the hell I've imagined all these years... Is that a workout gym & a pool?" Then she realizes she's on an episode of The Biggest Loser and weighs 900 lbs... thats when she starts to feel the burn...

      March 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No kidding, Scott. Too bad she'll look up at the sky and see that those who actually humbled themselves, expressed doubt and uncertainty, acknowledged weakness and indecision, are those who enter Paradise. Won't HS be slack-jawed?

      March 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  8. my name is buck

    Yeah this tragedy happened because they didn't follow the Jesus fairy tale. Christians actually need to grow up, there is no invisible giant in the sky who controls everything and makes people miserable because they don't worship his son. This story even contradicts the commandment no gods before me but yet Christians still fail at seeing that a perfect being inspired the bible with It's hundreds of mistakes, which isn't because of translation. If it had been written by or inspired by a perfect being it wouldn't contradict itself period.

    March 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  9. GSA

    @HeavenSent – a lot of Christians dying everyday. I guess they didn't choose the right God either in your eyes and they are going to hell for it right?
    This is a tragedy but from the videos and news we are receiving the Ja-panese ppl are strong, good-willed and brave and will make it through these trying times with the help of the international community.

    March 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Yes GSA, if they do not choose Jesus then they are going to hell. It doesnt matter how nice or polite a person might be. If they choose wrong then they will burn forever.
      Amen

      March 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  10. Reality

    It is obvious there are some places on this globe that people people should not live e.g. Ja-pan, Haiti, New Orleans. The world community under the United Nations should seriously consider relocation of the citizens of these countries and/or cities.

    March 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      @Reality – A nice idea.

      March 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Reality, no 12 paragraph responce to H.Sent?

      Have you finally met your Ying or Yang ..

      March 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Foolish idea Reality. The ones that do not turn to Jesus will suffer no matter where they live.
      Praise Him

      March 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  11. Peace2All

    May the people of Ja-pan get through this tragedy in whatever form... Shinto, Buddhist, etc... or without religion. Whatever works for them and comforts them.

    Peace...

    March 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      @Peace2All
      Well said. I was horrified at the waves of destruction and how few minutes they had to get to safety. Their religion had nothing to do with the earthquake, even though some "believers" think otherwise.
      May they find peace regardless of where they find it.

      March 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Peace you are incorrect. Jesus is the only true path. The ones that turn to him will experience his blessings.
      Amen

      March 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sez who, HS? You? The Bible? Sorry, no sale, doofus. You don't know, you just believe. Nothing, not one thing, makes your belief fact.

      March 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • Jeanine

      Peace2All, that is a very nice sentiment.

      March 28, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  12. HeavenSent

    To not believe in Jesus is living in a fairytale and delusional. Some of you wouldn't know the truth if it hit you in the face.
    Amen

    March 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      I know that the truth is that you are insane, and unfortunately you keep trying to hit everyone in the face with your delusional hatreds.

      Amen.

      March 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • LJ

      Like these that you don't follow.

      Arguing: pv 17:14; 18:6; t-itus 3:9; 2 tim 2:23 12.
      Arrogance (swel-lings) (proud): mk 7:22 niv; isa 2:17,11 niv; ro 1:30; 2 cor 11:20; isa 13:11 13.
      Vain babblings: 1 tim 6:20; 2 tim 2:16 18.
      Bitterness: acts 8:23; ro 3:14; eph 4:31; heb 12:15 23.
      Busybodies (med-dling): pv 20:3; 1 tim 5:13 59.
      Not having comp-a-s-sion: 1 pe 3:8 78.
      Complainers: jude 16 79.
      Conce-ited (pride): 1 tim 3:6; 2 tim 3:2,4 82.
      Cond-emning: lk 6:37 83.
      Speaking boastful words: 2 pe 2:18 niv 87.
      Speaking about other people’s e-vil: eph 5:11,12 96.
      Speaking e-vil of brothers (one of another): ja 4:11 97.
      Not being meek and quiet: 1 pe 3:4
      Professing to be wise (pride): ro 1:22 111.
      Not being courteous: 1 pe 3:8 121.
      Fear (being afraid) being fearful: gal 2:12-14; 1 jn 4:18; rev 21:8 196.
      Getting involved with foolish questions: 2 tim 2:23; t-itus 3:9 205.
      Not forgiving others: mt 6:14,15; mk 11:25,26; lk 17:4 212.

      March 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      HS, you're nothing but a shrill, shrieking banshee from hell yourself. You've done more to drive people AWAY from Christianity than anyone other than Fred Phelps.

      March 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • Ficheye

      Dear Heaven, I was just talking with Jesus. He says that we should look out for you. He says you keep talking to him, or his dad, or the holy ghost... one of them, anyway. Prayer harassment he called it. I said that me and some others were trying to keep you busy on the blogs. He was suffering. Why do you want to make Jesus suffer?

      March 29, 2011 at 12:56 am |
  13. HeavenSent

    The hand of Jesus protects his followers Doc. The rest suffer an unknown fate.
    Amen

    March 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • ScottK

      I'm pretty sure the churches claim to know the rests fate. It would not have been a very good scare tactic to say "Follow us or we shall leave you to an unknown fate!" The whole "burn in hell!!" rhetoric worked a lot better, and by better I mean worked well at forcing the majority of humans to falsely claim the Emperor has clothes on.

      March 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @HeavenSent
      Forgive the tangeant, but I'd like to relate the story of a friend of mine whose fate helped to change my opinions about religion.
      Theo (not his real name) came from a devoutly baptist family. The kind that wouldn't let their children watch TV shows like "Quantum Leap" becuase it was blasphemous.
      Theo suffered from a generative ocular disorder in which scar tissue was slowly building over his cornea and a steady rate. At age 14, he had lost more than 50% of his eyesight.
      His parents assurred him that if he was a good enough Christian, that the merciful hand of Jesus Christ would cure him.
      Unsurprisingly, Jesus didn't seem to care and Theo is now blind.
      He spent his entire life agonizing over what he was doing to offend God so much as to deserve punishment.
      His parents encouraged him to keep asking himself that question so that he might root out the corruption in his soul that was driving Jesus' healing hand away.
      That kind of "faith" is abhorrent.
      There is no divine intervention, be it for punishment or reward.

      March 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      It s ad to hear about your friend. However it is what it is. Perhaps your friend will get the answer if he goes to Heaven?

      March 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      @HeavenSent – strangely enough, there is nothing in any holy book I have ever heard of that says we get an "explanation" or anything in particular as regards knowledge or perceptions.

      So after you die, and while everyone is still celebrating, you might find that your god does not tell you anything.
      Kind of like the way things are in life. 😛

      March 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sure, dumbazz. That's why Kansas gets pummeled by tornadoes on a regular basis, while MD, VA, and DC are comparatively unscathed by natural disasters of any kind.

      Moron.

      March 28, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  14. HeavenSent

    That is your opinion Buck. I follow and talk to Jesus daily and he lives. It is sad but they are going to hell.
    Amen

    March 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @HeavenSent
      You sound like Hojatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi.
      He said "Many women who do not dress modestly lead young men astray, corrupt their chasti.ty and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes". In his opinion, we should all "adapt our lives to Islam's moral codes" to avoid being "buried under the rubble".

      So follow Jesus and Allah will smite you.
      Follow Muhhamed and God will smite you.
      For an omnibenevolent enti.ty, He sure is a vengeful bast.ard.

      March 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • ScottK

      "I follow and talk to Jesus daily and he lives." And no one is a good enough friend to get you psychiatric help? Thats what I would do if a friend was following invisible people around and talking to them all day.

      March 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • LJ

      But you are not following all the teachings in the Bible.

      Arguing: pv 17:14; 18:6; t-itus 3:9; 2 tim 2:23 12.
      Arrogance (swel-lings) (proud): mk 7:22 niv; isa 2:17,11 niv; ro 1:30; 2 cor 11:20; isa 13:11 13.
      Vain babblings: 1 tim 6:20; 2 tim 2:16 18.
      Bitterness: acts 8:23; ro 3:14; eph 4:31; heb 12:15 23.
      Busybodies (med-dling): pv 20:3; 1 tim 5:13 59.
      Not having comp-a-s-sion: 1 pe 3:8 78.
      Complainers: jude 16 79.
      Conce-ited (pride): 1 tim 3:6; 2 tim 3:2,4 82.
      Cond-emning: lk 6:37 83.
      Speaking boastful words: 2 pe 2:18 niv 87.
      Speaking about other people’s e-vil: eph 5:11,12 96.
      Speaking e-vil of brothers (one of another): ja 4:11 97.
      Not being meek and quiet: 1 pe 3:4
      Professing to be wise (pride): ro 1:22 111.
      Not being courteous: 1 pe 3:8 121.
      Fear (being afraid) being fearful: gal 2:12-14; 1 jn 4:18; rev 21:8 196.
      Getting involved with foolish questions: 2 tim 2:23; t-itus 3:9 205.
      Not forgiving others: mt 6:14,15; mk 11:25,26; lk 17:4 212.

      March 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  15. my name is buck

    Yeah this tragedy happened because they didn't follow the Jesus fairy tale.

    March 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  16. HeavenSent

    I only speak Jesus's Truth Mark. They didnt follow Jesus and now they suffer.
    Amen

    March 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • ScottK

      Wow, so what you are saying is that bad things, suffering or catastrophies never happen to people who follow Jesus... ?Thats amazing, forget earthquake insurance, just go to church!!

      You sir, are a moron.

      March 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Yes Scott if bad thingsd happen to followers of Christ they werent right in their walk.
      Amen

      March 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • LJ

      It's amazing that Christians like HS can't follow all of the bibles teachings.

      Arguing: pv 17:14; 18:6; t-itus 3:9; 2 tim 2:23 12.
      Arrogance (swel-lings) (proud): mk 7:22 niv; isa 2:17,11 niv; ro 1:30; 2 cor 11:20; isa 13:11 13.
      Vain babblings: 1 tim 6:20; 2 tim 2:16 18.
      Bitterness: acts 8:23; ro 3:14; eph 4:31; heb 12:15 23.
      Busybodies (med-dling): pv 20:3; 1 tim 5:13 59.
      Not having comp-a-s-sion: 1 pe 3:8 78.
      Complainers: jude 16 79.
      Conce-ited (pride): 1 tim 3:6; 2 tim 3:2,4 82.
      Cond-emning: lk 6:37 83.
      Speaking boastful words: 2 pe 2:18 niv 87.
      Speaking about other people’s e-vil: eph 5:11,12 96.
      Speaking e-vil of brothers (one of another): ja 4:11 97.
      Not being meek and quiet: 1 pe 3:4
      Professing to be wise (pride): ro 1:22 111.
      Not being courteous: 1 pe 3:8 121.
      Fear (being afraid) being fearful: gal 2:12-14; 1 jn 4:18; rev 21:8 196.
      Getting involved with foolish questions: 2 tim 2:23; t-itus 3:9 205.
      Not forgiving others: mt 6:14,15; mk 11:25,26; lk 17:4 212.

      March 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      Heaven sent is not "right in her walk" (in her head, either). Bad things will happen to her.

      March 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • NL

      HeavenSent-
      You speak only your own idea of truth, and imagine that it's the same as Jesus'. Even as an atheist I can still say that Jesus taught a lot of wise things and was a compas.sionate character, but there is nothing of Jesus' admirable qualities in your view.

      Most here, I think, actually suspect you're not a real Christian at all, but just some straw man version of one that somebody uses to troll with. I've talked with you often here and I'd prefer to believe that you're just grossly mistaken than someone acting maliciously. Posts like this one then greatly disappoint me. Can a person be a Christian without any shred of humanity?

      March 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • ScottK

      "if bad thingsd happen to followers of Christ they werent right in their walk."

      So, 2nd Timothy 3:12 "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." is a lie? Or maybe mistranslated? Should it have read "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer NO persecution."?

      March 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  17. HeavenSent

    More of them should have believed in Jesus. Amen

    March 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Wow, you are as big of a troll as Reality and some of the others. I wish yall, who live to start turmoil would just leave the rest of us live and let live folks alone.

      March 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      Mark, HeavenSent is actually helping push far more people into choosing non-religion than she is enticing to the church.

      If you consider how she sounds to any person still deciding whether to believe, and how much, you will realize that people like HeavenSent illustrate everything they are uncomfortable with in religion.

      Let her talk. It's like terrorism – it drives most people the other way.

      March 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  18. theoldadam

    In this world, there is no peace, no rest, and no victory.

    But in Christ Jesus, we are promised a future with no more tears and sorrows.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • ScottK

      Religion has been promising a lot of things for several thousand years, so far we have zero evidence any of the promises have been kept. But they keep taking your time & money and making more promises.

      I'll gladly pay you Tuesday (in heaven) for a hamburger today...
      The Wimpy Religion.

      March 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      You will be joining them in hell Scott.
      Amen

      March 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • NL

      theoldadam-
      The irony is, belief in Christ Jesus put in practice by some people's is what gives others a present filled with tears and sorrows.

      March 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  19. Eshinesu

    Seeing the petals
    scattered in the snow
    silently waiting for the wind
    to blow them away

    March 28, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Eshinesu

      I spilled my tea
      but it was cold
      so my teapot tells me.

      March 28, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • Eshinesu

      My soup was good
      like the clean mountain air

      March 28, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • Eshinesu

      My cat likes sunny days

      March 28, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • Eshinesu

      To my brothers and sisters:
      Truth is a soup
      have some tea

      Ikuo, there are clouds in your soup

      March 28, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • HeavenSent

      You should be quoting more Jesus Eshinesu.
      God Bless

      March 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Just for you

      You are astoundingly insensitive, HeavenSent.

      And narrow-minded. And absolutely insane. Seriously. You are stunningly deluded.

      March 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I didn't write on this blog since last Thursday, since some weenie stole my handle and is pretending to me.

      Only a weenie non-believer pretends to be someone else, stealing their handle.

      Amen...

      March 29, 2011 at 1:08 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Actually I might have wrote some of these things. I really cant remember. I need to pray more.
      Amen..

      March 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
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