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This image above shows the recent demise of Comet Ison (courtesy of Ars Technica). The comet, which you can see on the bottom-left gets very close to the Sun and comes around the back-side, but much smaller than before. The … Continue reading
Autumn is a great time to enjoy permissions, especially Asian permissions: In Japan, these are called kaki (柿) while in Korea they’re called gam (감). In Japan, they come in two basic types: bitter permissions (渋柿, shibugaki) and sweet permissions … Continue reading
Hello, This video was inspired by a question my daughter asked me about Buddhism: what is a Bodhisattva? I tried to answer this question for her by drawing things out, and that inspired me to make this video: This video … Continue reading
When I was a little kid, my mom had to work a lot, so we had a baby-sitter who would often come over and watch MTV all the time. So, I remember this song by The Eurythmics very well, even … Continue reading
Hello, I follow astronauts from NASA and JAXA (Japan’s version of NASA) on Twitter, and one astronaut, Wakata Koichi (若田 光一), posted this really interesting message from the International Space Station (ISS): We just saw Mt. Fuji just after orbital … Continue reading
Hello dear readers, I uploaded this video to Youtube earlier today, which talks a little bit about the Buddhist holiday of Bodhi Day: In particular, I wanted show people how to celebrate Bodhi Day at home, especially with family. Since … Continue reading
I read in the news a year ago that Seven-Eleven Japan had bought out its parent company, Seven Eleven in the US in 1991, and plans to expand in the US and raise the quality of its stores. I was … Continue reading
America on Black Friday. How did we become a nation of scavengers? Are we such an impoverished nation that we have to fight and kill one another just to get new TVs? Are we a nation of animals? After seeing … Continue reading
Hello, This is another video I made recently for Youtube. This talks about Pure Land (浄土) Buddhism. This video was longer than usual, and I was extremely sleepy that night, but it was a complex topic and good to explore: … Continue reading
To celebrate this coming Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to re-tell the Thanksgiving Story as a Buddhist-sutra. The text below is spliced mostly from the Lotus Sutra, the Sutra of Innumerable Meanings and other sources. This is similar … Continue reading