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Every year, my wife and I go to the Tulip Festival at Mount Vernon, WA, which is a famous festival near Seattle. This year was the first for Little Guy. We always visit Tulip Town farm when we go. The … Continue reading
Something fun for Sunday, my daughter made this with Legos: She said it was a 避難場所 or hinanbasho which means a refugee-center.1 She said all the trees were falling down, so they had to stay in there to be safe. … Continue reading
Hello, Since today is the Buddha’s Birthday in the solar-calendar (April 8th), I wanted to post this. It’s a really long post, but I hope people find it useful. In the past, I’ve read a certain Buddhist book by Venerable … Continue reading
Recently I was reading about the disappearance of a well-known computer programmer named Mark Pilgrim, who authored a lot of books, and then dropped off the Internet in 2011. Mark was alive and well, but he removed all his accounts, … Continue reading
Hello, It’s been a long, long time since I did a Buddhism video for YouTube, but here’s a video on Zen: I made this about a month ago, but I was so busy, I had no time to edit and … Continue reading
(Ryuanji Temple’s “garden” in the snow, taken in 2005) After my experiences with Rinzai (臨済) Zen in Arizona and later in Seattle, I became curious about the history of Rinzai in Japan, but I was surprised to find that information … Continue reading
Anicca vata sankhara Upada vaya dhammino Upakituva nirujihanti Tesang vupasamo sukho All conditioned things are impermanent Their nature is to arise and pass away. To live in harmony with this truth Brings the highest happiness. – Theravada Buddhist funeral chant … Continue reading
(My bookshelf. I have a whole section devoted to Roger Zelazny novels I collect) “Go then, there are other worlds than these.” – Stephen King’s, The Gunslinger Lately, I’ve been re-reading Roger Zelazny’s classic series, the Chronicles of Amber. It’s … Continue reading
Since we mentioned hell in the last post, it seemed fitting to talk about the Pure Land next for this Ohigan season. One of the most famous expositions on the Pure Land is the explanation by Shan-tao (613-681, 善導, zendō … Continue reading
Hi Everyone, This is the twice-yearly Japanese-Buddhist holiday of ohigan (お彼岸), which falls around Spring and Autumnal equinox. Because the weather is more mild,1 people take time to visit their ancestors’ graves, pay respects, and reflect on Buddhist teachings and … Continue reading