New Torii Gate at SokukoJi

A traditional Japanese torii gate has been installed at SokukoJi Buddhist Community Temple in Battle Creek. Torii, which literally means “bird perch” in Japanese, traditionally marks the entrance into a sacred space. In Japan torii gates are usually found in front of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Shinto is a religion that coexists with Buddhism in Japan. Though it is historically part of Japanese culture, the origin of the torii is uncertain, as there is evidence for its use in ancient Indian Buddhism as well as in spiritual culture across Asia. The torii was designed by Sokuzan Bob Brown and built by Don McLean.