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.

Adding Insult To Injury

This is an interesting Buddhist sutra from the Pali Canon, named the Akkosa Sutta (SN 7.2). In this sutra, a local priest (a brahman) gets really angry at the Buddha and starts yelling and insulting him. The Buddha’s reply is … Continue reading

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Tulip Time in Seattle!

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

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Lego Refugees

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

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Thich Nhat Hanh teaches Recollection of the Buddha

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

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Gone But Not Forgotten

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

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What Is Zen Buddhism? Buddhism Q&A, Episode Eight

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

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A Brief History of Rinzai Zen in Japan

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 is limited. Most Rinzai historical information in English focuses … Continue reading

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No One In Charge

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

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Other Worlds Than This?

(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

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Calling and Directing

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

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