Category Archives: Religion

Timely Buddhist Quote

Something I found today here in a certain collection of quotations by the Buddha, called the Dhammapada, translation by Venerable Thanissaro Bhikkhu: 137-140. Whoever, with a rod, harasses an innocent man, unarmed, quickly falls into any of ten things: harsh … Continue reading

Posted in Buddhism, Politics | Tagged | Leave a comment

Revisiting Ordination

While I was visiting Japan, my wife, kids and I visited old friends and neighbors a lot. We do this every year, and we enjoy keeping in touch with people. One family we keep in touch with is a nearby … Continue reading

Posted in Buddhism, Jodo Shinshu, Shingon | 3 Comments

Buddhist Suggestions for Helping in Gaza, Iraq and Ferguson

Hello, This was kind of an impromptu post (apologies for typos), but I was inspired by these twitter posts here and here. With all the humanitarian problems happening in places like the Gaza Strip, northern Iraq and Ferguson, MO, I … Continue reading

Posted in Buddhism, Politics, Religion | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Buddhist Shrines, American Style

Lately, while visiting the Rissho Kosei Kai temple here in Seattle, I’ve been getting some good sources of inspiration for my Buddhist shrine at home. As mentioned before, the services at that temple are usually divided between English service, and … Continue reading

Posted in Buddhism, Family | 2 Comments

Was It Worth It?

Recently, I was shocked to read the story of the death of a high-level executive at Google named Forrest Hayes because of a drug-overdose given by a prostitute. Read the article if you don’t know the story already. It’s kind … Continue reading

Posted in Buddhism, Family | Leave a comment

Buddhist Vocabulary To Know

Hello, Recently, I visited the Rissho Kosei Kai temple again this Sunday.  Last week, I came during a special service, so this time around, I wanted to see what a regular service looked like.  The service this week was split … Continue reading

Posted in Buddhism | 3 Comments

My Encounter With Rissho Kosei Kai

Hello, Lately, I’ve had a bit of free time while my wife and kids are in Japan (not much, but a little), so I have been visiting a couple of Buddhist temples, including a Korean-Zen temple I had visited before. … Continue reading

Posted in Buddhism, Japan, Nichiren | 3 Comments

Hate Will Not Heal You

Another post before the weekend. :) While playing through the game Final Fantasy XIII lately, I’ve also been enjoying the excellent soundtrack. This small song is called “Serah’s Theme” (セラのテーマ), which you can also see here: The lyrics1 are very … Continue reading

Posted in Buddhism | Tagged | 1 Comment

Makuya: A Japanese-Christian Church

Hello, Recently I had an opportunity to attend a religious service with a little-known but interesting group of Japanese-Christians called Makuya or kirisuto no makuya (キリストの幕屋). The word “makuya” (幕屋) is the Japanese word for Tabernacle, which is the name … Continue reading

Posted in Buddhism, Christianity, Japan, Religion | 4 Comments

Finding Religious Communities in America

A while back, I read a fascinating article in Tricycle Magazine about religious communities in the US. The article talks about how religious communities are changing in America so that instead of social “communities” they are becoming “lifestyle enclaves”. The … Continue reading

Posted in Buddhism, Religion | Leave a comment