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.

Looking Back at the 1999 Seattle Protest of the WTO

In the past weeks, I’ve been closely watching the situation in Ferguson, Missouri and now in Hong Kong on Twitter and the news. Coincidentally, I found some old photos I took from the 1999 WTO protest here in Seattle, and … Continue reading

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What is the Buddha’s Pure Land? Another Perspective

Yesterday, I kind of had a small epiphany with regard to the Pure Land in Buddhism (浄土 jōdo in Japanese). The Pure Land is an interesting subject of discussion in Buddhism. It’s a big part of East Asian Buddhism, and … Continue reading

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Astronomy and Why I Am A Buddhist

Recently on Twitter I found this post: I never imagined that flying to space would give me a different view of our entire galaxy. #BlueDot — Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) September 18, 2014 If you can’t see it, click here. … Continue reading

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Good Friends and Visiting Portland

“The friend who is a helpmate, the friend in happiness and woe, the friend who gives good counsel, the friend who sympathises too — these four as friends the wise behold and cherish them devotedly as does a mother her … Continue reading

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Children Over Parents: some Buddhist parenting advice

Hello, Since this is the Fall Ohigan week here on the blog, I wanted to do another Buddhist post. This one is about my little boy, whom I call “Little Guy”. He is now 11 months old, and likes to … Continue reading

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Fall Ohigan 2014: Conduct Matters

Hi Everyone, As is a tradition here in this blog, I like to give a little Buddhism “sermon” at certain times of the year, including Ohigan since the first post in 2009. Ohigan (お彼岸) is a twice-yearly Buddhist holiday in … Continue reading

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How Not To Publish Books on Kindle

Hi Everyone, As folks might recall, I published a science-fiction book named Jack, Still Standing recently on Amazon as an e-book. I started the book 10 years ago, and finally decided to take a chance and publish it and I … Continue reading

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