Category Archives: Religion

Getting To The Bottom Of Ferguson, Cutting Through the Madness

I was sad to hear about the verdict in the trial for police officer Darren Wilson. I felt bad for Mike Brown’s parents who lost their son, and for all those frustrated with life in Ferguson, MO. But then I … Continue reading

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Ignorance

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) pic.twitter.com/aAIwI579NO — 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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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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The Quiet Life

Hi all, Lately, I’ve been re-reading the 13th century Japanese classic, Essays in Idleness or tsuredzuregusa (徒然草). There is a lot of silly or idle talk in the book, but there are also things I like in there. I found … Continue reading

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