Category Archives: Religion

Adding Insult To Injury

This is an interesting Buddhist sutra from the Pali Canon, named the Akkosa Sutta (SN 7.2). In this sutra, a local priest (a brahman) gets really angry at the Buddha and starts yelling and insulting him. The Buddha’s reply is … Continue reading

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Tulip Time in Seattle!

Every year, my wife and I go to the Tulip Festival at Mount Vernon, WA, which is a famous festival near Seattle. This year was the first for Little Guy. We always visit Tulip Town farm when we go. The … Continue reading

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Thich Nhat Hanh teaches Recollection of the Buddha

Hello, Since today is the Buddha’s Birthday in the solar-calendar (April 8th), I wanted to post this. It’s a really long post, but I hope people find it useful. In the past, I’ve read a certain Buddhist book by Venerable … Continue reading

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What Is Zen Buddhism? Buddhism Q&A, Episode Eight

Hello, It’s been a long, long time since I did a Buddhism video for YouTube, but here’s a video on Zen: I made this about a month ago, but I was so busy, I had no time to edit and … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Rinzai Zen in Japan

After my experiences with Rinzai (臨済) Zen in Arizona and later in Seattle, I became curious about the history of Rinzai in Japan, but I was surprised to find that information is limited. Most Rinzai historical information in English focuses … Continue reading

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No One In Charge

Anicca vata sankhara Upada vaya dhammino Upakituva nirujihanti Tesang vupasamo sukho All conditioned things are impermanent Their nature is to arise and pass away. To live in harmony with this truth Brings the highest happiness. – Theravada Buddhist funeral chant … Continue reading

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Other Worlds Than This?

(My bookshelf. I have a whole section devoted to Roger Zelazny novels I collect) “Go then, there are other worlds than these.” – Stephen King’s, The Gunslinger Lately, I’ve been re-reading Roger Zelazny’s classic series, the Chronicles of Amber. It’s … Continue reading

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Calling and Directing

Since we mentioned hell in the last post, it seemed fitting to talk about the Pure Land next for this Ohigan season. One of the most famous expositions on the Pure Land is the explanation by Shan-tao (613-681, 善導, zendō … Continue reading

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Spring Ohigan 2014: Where is Hell in Buddhism?

Hi Everyone, This is the twice-yearly Japanese-Buddhist holiday of ohigan (お彼岸), which falls around Spring and Autumnal equinox. Because the weather is more mild,1 people take time to visit their ancestors’ graves, pay respects, and reflect on Buddhist teachings and … Continue reading

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Were Samurai Really Zen Buddhists?

It’s a common belief that Zen and Samurai culture are closely related. A popular image about Japan by both foreigners (and Japanese) is a cultured warrior, who is skilled both with a brush and a sword, and isn’t afraid to … Continue reading

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