Let your heart be the
torch, follow where it
directs you.


I am an artist who liberates people. The change in your heart is my art.

I am an artist who liberates people. The change in your heart is my art.

Kodo Nishimura is an artist, Buddhist monk, and activist. He was born in Tokyo in 1989. He graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York. After graduating, he started to thrive as a makeup artist, working behind the scenes of Miss Universe and NY Fashion Week. In 2015, Kodo trained to be a monk and was certified by the Pure Land school. As an activist, he spoke at the United Nations Population Fund, Yale University, and Stanford University talking about Buddhism and diversity, which attracted wide coverage on the likes of CNN and the BBC. He was selected by TIME magazine as a Next Generation Leader. His book This Monk Wears Heels: Be Who You Are is available in Japanese, English, German, French, Estonian and Spanish. It will be also published in Italian and Hebrew.

西村 宏堂 - アーティスト / 僧侶

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This Monk Wears Heels

This Monk
Wears Heels


This Monk Wears Heels is a guide to self-love, self-acceptance, and taking a Buddhist approach to life. He reveals how inclusive the Buddhist teachings really are—and that, yes, it is possible to be a Buddhist monk and do makeup and wear sparkly earrings.
This book is about being who you really are, totally unapologetically and with full conviction. It will show you how to shine in your own colors and be celebrated for yourself.


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