Source: Buddhistdoor Global
It’s an unfortunate but well known fact that Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.
Suicide is so common that during unexpected stops between train stations, passengers often assume the delay is caused by a person jumping onto the tracks.
Moreover, in Japanese culture, suicide can be seen as a moral and even necessary act when it comes to preserving one’s honor and dignity.
In the 2017 documentary “The Departure,” filmmaker Lana Wilson follows Ittetsu Nemoto, a Buddhist priest who is deeply perplexed by this phenomenon and who, in offering his services to those who experience suicidal feelings, goes against the grain of Japan’s social norms.
“The Departure” is available on iTunes.
Read the story at Buddhistdoor Global.
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