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This is a picture of my great-grandfather, Robert Washington McLean (1896-1980): He was a veteran of World War I, so this is a photo of him in uniform I think. I know very little about my great-grandfather though because he … Continue reading
Something else that I read in Professor Shigaraki’s (信楽 峻麿) book, Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path, recently, which I wanted to share: Today the original teachings of Gautama Buddha [Shakyamuni] are largely compiled in the Pāli scriptural texts. A … Continue reading
To all the little girls out there, and ladies who are still young at heart, Happy Girls’ Day: Girls’ Day is a fun day for our family (more detailed post last year), as we can celebrate Princess growing into a … Continue reading
Recently my wife shared some interesting advice. My daughter’s Japanese teacher explained that if you learn enough Japanese kanji (Chinese characters) to reach a third-grade level, you can read 70% of the words in a regular book or magazine. You … Continue reading
“Look at this bible I bought, 15 bucks! And talk about a preachy book! Everyone’s a sinner, except for this guy.” One of the age-old questions that people have sought to answer is whether people are inherently good, or inherently … Continue reading
Hello, After the heavy (and hastily written) rant from Saturday, I felt like posting something more light-hearted. I finished doing my taxes earlier today and thought of this hilarious clip from the Simpsons. I was like Ned Flanders this year … Continue reading
(Sometimes it’s just better to be quiet and listen…) Recently I had a small epiphany about Buddhist “culture” in the West, especially convert (non-Asian) Buddhists. Buddhist communities online and some communities I’ve seen in person remind me a lot of … Continue reading
When I first married my wife in 2004, we visited Japan in 2005 to my wife’s home (実家, jikka) and I remember my father-in-law giving me a really old book. He knew that I liked history and such, so he … Continue reading
So lately, I’ve been reading a lot of books on Pure Land Buddhism (浄土仏教). It started with Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Finding Our True Home, which is a very modern interpretation of Pure Land Buddhism. I found the book interesting, … Continue reading