Japanese Buddhist leader meets with Pope
[Is Francis shifting ecumenizing with Buddhism from the Tibetan to the Japanese branch as part of his Fernostpolitik (Far East policy) of appeasing the ChiComs, who do not like the Dalai Lama? He has previously been the longtime representative of Buddhism at Vatican interfaith events such as those at Assisi. Koei Morikawa rather than the Dalai Lama will represent Buddhism at the upcoming Assisi one.]
Catholic World News – September 16, 2016
Pope Francis received the leader of Tendai Buddhism in a September 16 audience, according to the Holy See Press Office.
Koei Morikawa, 91, became the 257th Tendai Buddhist head priest in 2015. The founder of Tendai Buddhism, which is based in Japan, was Saicho (767-822).