Takafumi Kawakami

Deputy Head Priest
Shunkoin Temple

Rev. Takafumi Kawakami is a Zen priest and thinker. He is the deputy head priest of Shunkoin Temple in Kyoto and teaches Zen Buddhist philosophy and meditation, other Eastern contemplative traditions, and the cultural and religious diversity in well-being in Japanese and English to visitors to the temple. The participants include various business school groups, including HBS, INSEAD, IESE, Sloan, etc. He co-organizes and co-hosts long-term study abroad programs in Kyoto with various universities from the U.S. He teaches Japanese hospitality classes to employees from the sales and marketing departments from Toyota’s global offices. His travels and talks have brought him to the likes of MIT, Brown University, Babson College, Microsoft, BNP Paribas, Gallup, TED x Kyoto, Mind & Life Institute, Eton College, etc. He is a member of the U.S.- Japan Leadership Program by the U.S. – Japan Foundation and a researcher at Keio Media Design of Keio University Graduate School of Media Design.

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