Author Archives: Doug

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.

Final Fantasy XIII: A Review By An Old FF Fan

It took a while, but I finished the game Final Fantasy XIII. I disciplined myself, and avoided looking up any details on the Internet about the story, and so when I finally finished the game, I was really touched by … Continue reading

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Buddhist Vocabulary To Know

Hello, Recently, I visited the Rissho Kosei Kai temple again this Sunday.  Last week, I came during a special service, so this time around, I wanted to see what a regular service looked like.  The service this week was split … Continue reading

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My Encounter With Rissho Kosei Kai

Hello, Lately, I’ve had a bit of free time while my wife and kids are in Japan (not much, but a little), so I have been visiting a couple of Buddhist temples, including a Korean-Zen temple I had visited before. … Continue reading

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Stay Cool Everyone!

Hello, July 15th, at least in Japanese culture, is considered the hottest day of the year. A lot of people will probably be eating unagi eels today, I bet. Even in Seattle, it’s been unusually warm lately: the days reach … Continue reading

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Hate Will Not Heal You

Another post before the weekend. :) While playing through the game Final Fantasy XIII lately, I’ve also been enjoying the excellent soundtrack. This small song is called “Serah’s Theme” (セラのテーマ), which you can also see here: The lyrics1 are very … Continue reading

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Pride Comes Before The Fall

At a famous, old castle in Syria called the Crac de Chevaliers is a famous inscription in Latin (photo here): SIT TIBI COPIA SIT SAPIENTIA FORMAQUE DETUR INQUINAT OMNIA SOLA SUPERBIA SI COMITETUR One translation is: Grace, wisdom and beauty … Continue reading

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Makuya: A Japanese-Christian Church

Hello, Recently I had an opportunity to attend a religious service with a little-known but interesting group of Japanese-Christians called Makuya or kirisuto no makuya (キリストの幕屋). The word “makuya” (幕屋) is the Japanese word for Tabernacle, which is the name … Continue reading

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Good Intentions

This is a fascinating article I found online recently about the history of Afghanistan and the US in the 1950′s. At this time, America wanted to help modernize Afghanistan to prevent Communism, but also to gain an ally in an … Continue reading

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Finding Religious Communities in America

A while back, I read a fascinating article in Tricycle Magazine about religious communities in the US. The article talks about how religious communities are changing in America so that instead of social “communities” they are becoming “lifestyle enclaves”. The … Continue reading

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The Problem Is Not Them, It’s You

(alt text: To everyone who responds to everything by saying they’ve ‘lost their faith in humanity’: Thanks–I’ll let humanity know. I’m sure they’ll be crushed.) I read the online comic XKCD regularly each week for years and Wednesday’s is one … Continue reading

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