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.

Line Rangers as a Metaphor for My Marriage

My wife and I play a game on our smartphones called Line Rangers or rain renjā (lineレンジャー) in Japanese. This is a Japanese game made by Naver JP (a Japanese-division of the Korean company, Naver), but is pretty popular all … Continue reading

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Something I found on Twitter recently. Enjoy! "What good are torches, light or glasses, if people do not want to see.” Khunrath's Amphitheatrum, 1609 (A68.7/K52) — LambethPalaceLibrary (@lampallib) October 28, 2014 The person who wrote this, Heinrich Khunrath, was … Continue reading

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Investing in the Future

Hello, After giving up on Zen and before I got sick, I decided to go back and read Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Finding Our True Home. As time goes on, I appreciate this book more and more. Today, I wanted … Continue reading

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Learning the Shoshinge

So, my training (or re-training) as a minister’s assistant (the first step to ordination in Jodo Shinshu) is progressing nicely. I’ve started to relearn the liturgy and chanting I did before. It feels really great to do it again, like … Continue reading

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Autumn in Korea

Hi Everyone, We have friends who recently Korea right now to celebrate the 1st birthday of their son, who was born 8 days after our son. :) The first birthday in Korea, or doljanchi (돌잔치) is a huge event with … Continue reading

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Hi Everyone, I haven’t written in a few days. I got sick with a cold this weekend (my birthday weekend) and have been resting and recovering since. I feel a lot like this old Strong Bad Email cartoon: Anyhow, I’ll … Continue reading

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Tales of Failed Zen Student

Well, my brief experimentation with Soto Zen is officially over. I started attending an online Soto Zen community about 4-5 weeks ago and took part in the yearly Ango (安居) vows.1 As I said before, it is a good community. … Continue reading

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