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.

Final Fantasy XIII-2: the novel

Hi guys, As fans might recall, I am a big fan of the game Final Fantasy XIII1, and lately I’ve been playing the sequels XIII-2 and Lightning Returns. I’ve enjoyed these games, and the story, so much that decided to … Continue reading

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Self-Hate

Lately, I’ve been reading an old Buddhist book that I found in a used bookstore from the 1970’s by Professor Edward Conze, titled Buddhist Thought in India. The book is dense and not for the light-hearted, but also has some … Continue reading

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Going To School In Japan

Hello, My wife and kids have been in Japan for the past few weeks visiting relatives, and we decided to enroll our daughter (a.k.a. “Princess”) into the local elementary school for a week. We were unsure whether she would fit … Continue reading

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The Home Stretch

Hi guys, I haven’t given much of an update about myself lately, but I wanted to share some news: I will get certified as a “minister’s assistant” in October. This is essentially like a deacon in the Christian churches. It … Continue reading

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Lafcadio Hearn’s “Kaidan” in 3 Minutes

Hello, Obon season is coming again in Japan, and this is a good time for ghost stories. Unlike the US, where Halloween and October are a popular time for ghost-stories, such stories are popular around late summer In Japan because … Continue reading

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The Women’s World Cup and “Ugly Americans”

Earlier this evening, I was watching the Women’s World Cup finals, and was both proud and disappointed with the game. Proud because the Americans won the finals for the first time since 1999 (good for them!), disappointed because I also … Continue reading

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A Look At Rennyo: The Great Restorer

Hi guys, As part of my process toward ordination, I’ve been learning a lot about liturgy in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, which I’ve posted about here and here. However, I’ve also come to realize that a lot of the liturgy and … Continue reading

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