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.

Timely Buddhist Quote

Something I found today here in a certain collection of quotations by the Buddha, called the Dhammapada, translation by Venerable Thanissaro Bhikkhu: 137-140. Whoever, with a rod, harasses an innocent man, unarmed, quickly falls into any of ten things: harsh … Continue reading

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Revisiting Ordination

While I was visiting Japan, my wife, kids and I visited old friends and neighbors a lot. We do this every year, and we enjoy keeping in touch with people. One family we keep in touch with is a nearby … Continue reading

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Buddhist Suggestions for Helping in Gaza, Iraq and Ferguson

Hello, This was kind of an impromptu post (apologies for typos), but I was inspired by these twitter posts here and here. With all the humanitarian problems happening in places like the Gaza Strip, northern Iraq and Ferguson, MO, I … Continue reading

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Traveling with Korean Air

As mentioned in the past, I decided to try something different when flying to Japan this time. Flights to Japan are much more expensive now than when my wife and I were first married. This is because: We have more … Continue reading

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Which Japanese Kanji Are Worth Learning First?

Hello, I was writing this post prior to my trip to Japan, but I finally have time to finish it. As readers might recall, I’ve been using the Heisig Method to learn Japanese kanji (chinese characters), and have learned about … Continue reading

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I’m Back

Hi Everyone, I’m back in the US as of a couple days ago. I had to rest and recover from jet-lag, plus take care of other things, but life is returning to normal now.  I was hoping to do a … Continue reading

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Where’s Doug?

Hi Everyone, People might have noticed that I haven’t updated the blog in a week. Plus people who follow me on Twitter might have noticed I’ve been tweeting from Japan, not the US. As mentioned months ago, I was going … Continue reading

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My First Book

Well, I’ve hinted at it for years, but I finally did it. I finally published a book. This is not something closely related to the blog, or topics in the blog. It’s something I started writing 10 years ago and … Continue reading

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Buddhist Shrines, American Style

Lately, while visiting the Rissho Kosei Kai temple here in Seattle, I’ve been getting some good sources of inspiration for my Buddhist shrine at home. As mentioned before, the services at that temple are usually divided between English service, and … Continue reading

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Was It Worth It?

Recently, I was shocked to read the story of the death of a high-level executive at Google named Forrest Hayes because of a drug-overdose given by a prostitute. Read the article if you don’t know the story already. It’s kind … Continue reading

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