Category Archives: Religion

Karma and Rebirth: a brief explanation

I was happy to get so much positive feedback from my last video on Ohigan, so I decided to make another one. This one explores the concepts of “karma” (or kamma) and rebirth in the context of Buddhism. It’s a … Continue reading

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Ohigan and Crossing Over

Hi guys, I had some free time recently and put together a small video about what Ohigan means and how it fits into Buddhist themes in general: It is pretty short but talks about Shan-tao’s famous Parable of the Two … Continue reading

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Fall Ohigan 2015: Authentic Living the Buddhist Way

Hi Guys, It’s Ohigan season again. For this season’s post I got burst of inspiration came recently after I saw this article about a parody account that pokes fun of the recent “Authentic Lifestyle” movement. You can see pictures of … Continue reading

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The Thousand Character Poem

Hi guys, Recently my family and I were watching another episode of the Korean family show Return of Superman (we watch every Sunday morning together), and in this episode the children stayed overnight at a traditional Korean, Confucian-style etiquette school … Continue reading

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You Can Change!

Hi guys, I haven’t posted in a long while, but I was recently inspired to write a post on this famous quote by the Buddhist master, Nagarjuna. Nāgārjuna (c.150 – c.250 CE) was an influential Indian Buddhist monk who also … Continue reading

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My First Sermon

Or: “Misadventures Teaching the Dharma” Hi all, I haven’t been able to write for a while. I am happy to report that my wife and kids are back in the US, and the jet lag is wearing off, so we … Continue reading

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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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