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.

Scattering Blossoms

Hello, As we are now in the month of uzuki (卯月) in the old Japanese calendar, I was reading through the Kokinshu poetry anthology again, and I wanted to share a couple poems for Spring. This first poem was composed … Continue reading

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How to do Incense Offerings at Japanese Buddhist Temples

Hi Guys, At the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist temple we go to, there is a ritual called oshōkō (お焼香), where families go up to the temple before service and offer a little incense, as well as a small donation, usually a … Continue reading

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Preparing for Children’s Day

Hi all, As readers know, we celebrate Girls’ Day every year. This is a Japanese holiday on March 3rd celebrating young ladies and wishing them happiness and prosperity. However, there is another holiday for boys called Children’s Day, or kodomo … Continue reading

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Children’s Magazines in Japan

Hi Guys, One of the fun things about raising children in two cultures is that your kids can enjoy things from two different worlds. :) Since our daughter was a little girl, we often went to the local Kinokuniya bookstore … Continue reading

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I Alone Am The World-Honored One

Hi all, This was a last-minute post, but earlier today I found this great post on Twitter from the monastic community at the famous Koyasan temple in Japan (click here if you can’t see it): 今日はお釈迦さまのお誕生日。 花まつりのお喜びを申し上げます。 — 高野山開創1200年記念大法会 … Continue reading

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Buddhas and Kitties!

185. Not despising, not harming, restraint according to the code of monastic discipline, moderation in food, dwelling in solitude, devotion to meditation — this is the teaching of the Buddhas. –The Dhammapada Hi guys, For the upcoming holiday of hanamatsuri, … Continue reading

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Let It Go….

I found this excellent quote from a Buddhist text called the Alagaddupama Sutta: The Water-Snake Simile that I wanted to share: “Even so, monks, whatever isn’t yours: Let go of it. Your letting go of it will be for your … Continue reading

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