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About Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

A Look At Rennyo: The Great Restorer

Hi guys, As part of my process toward ordination, I’ve been learning a lot about liturgy in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, which I’ve posted about here and here. However, I’ve also come to realize that a lot of the liturgy and … Continue reading

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The Shishinrai Liturgy

Hey guys, Since I’ve been busy these with learning Buddhist liturgy for ordination at the Jodo Shinshu temple here in Seattle, I’ve been learning a lot about different chants. Some are well-known, like the Shoshinge, while some are obscure, like … Continue reading

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Ekoku: Dedication of Merit

Hello, As I am working towards my ordination in the local Jodo Shinshu Buddhist temple,1 I have spent a lot of time learning and practicing liturgy. One of my favorite bits of liturgy is a small text called the ekōku … Continue reading

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A Medieval Criticism of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism

This is something I read from the book Jodo Shinshu: Shin Buddhism in Medieval Japan, which is a great book on the history of this school of Japanese Buddhism. Professor Dobbins quotes from a polemical work called the guanki (愚闇記, … Continue reading

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This is another great quote from The Zen Monastic Experience (the other here): Some months later, after completing four quarters of university study, I arrived in Bangkok, a nineteen-year-old filled with idealized images of Buddhism learned from books. Of course, … Continue reading

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On Mosquitoes

“Aedes aegypti” by Muhammad Mahdi Karim ( Facebook Youtube – Own work. Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons. It’s summer, and as you know, mosquitoes become a big nuisance. A couple years ago, I was in Japan during the … Continue reading

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

Hello, This is just a quick post, but I wanted to share this article by the BBC about Pvt. Henry Johnson, and the Medal of Honor he finally earned almost 100 years later. I wrote about the famous Harlem Hellfighters … Continue reading

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