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.

Karma and Rebirth: a brief explanation

I was happy to get so much positive feedback from my last video on Ohigan, so I decided to make another one. This one explores the concepts of “karma” (or kamma) and rebirth in the context of Buddhism. It’s a … Continue reading

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Happy Otsukimi Moon-Viewing 2015

Hi Everyone, This weekend there are a lot of Autumn-festivals going on across places like China, Korea and Japan. I’ve talked about Korean Chuseok before, so today I wanted to post about the Japanese festival of O-tsukimi (お月見). Compared to … Continue reading

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Ohigan and Crossing Over

Hi guys, I had some free time recently and put together a small video about what Ohigan means and how it fits into Buddhist themes in general: It is pretty short but talks about Shan-tao’s famous Parable of the Two … Continue reading

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Fall Ohigan 2015: Authentic Living the Buddhist Way

Hi Guys, It’s Ohigan season again. For this season’s post I got burst of inspiration came recently after I saw this article about a parody account that pokes fun of the recent “Authentic Lifestyle” movement. You can see pictures of … Continue reading

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The Thousand Character Poem

Hi guys, Recently my family and I were watching another episode of the Korean family show Return of Superman (we watch every Sunday morning together), and in this episode the children stayed overnight at a traditional Korean, Confucian-style etiquette school … Continue reading

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Happy Day of the Chrysanthemum 2015

Hi Guys, September 9th is the Day of the Chrysanthemum in traditional Japanese culture, one of the 5 sekku (節句) in calendar year. To celebrate I wanted to share a couple poems about autumn chrysanthemums from the Kokin Wakashu poetry … Continue reading

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You Can Change!

Hi guys, I haven’t posted in a long while, but I was recently inspired to write a post on this famous quote by the Buddhist master, Nagarjuna. Nāgārjuna (c.150 – c.250 CE) was an influential Indian Buddhist monk who also … Continue reading

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