Category Archives: Religion

Do We Really Need to “Study” Buddhism?

Hi all, Recently I found this post on Twitter in Japanese and it made me think about some things. I wanted to share it with readers:    Roughly translated it means: The mere fact that Buddhist temples is great. The … Continue reading

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Spring Ohigan 2015: Facing Life, Facing Death

Hello, It’s the Spring Ohigan once again in Japan. Ohigan is a holiday that happens twice a year in Japan, and coincides with the spring and autumnal equinoxes. It is a time for people in Japan to return home, visit … Continue reading

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Anyone Can Change

Hello, This is something I wanted to share for a while. It is a quote from a Buddhist text called the Sutra of Innumerable Meanings (無量義経, muryōgikyō), which is a sutra often found with the more famous Lotus Sutra. It … Continue reading

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Buddhist Sutra Chanting in Japanese

Hello, Recently, I had an opportunity to go to a workshop on chanting Buddhist-liturgy in the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist tradition. Although not required, it will help me a lot in my efforts to get ordained as a minister. The workshop … Continue reading

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Nirvana Day 2015 and Misadventures in Arizona

“Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!” –The last words1 of Shakyamuni Buddha “David: You knew enough to tell Saavik that how we face death is at least as important as … Continue reading

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A Life of Regret

In addition to the Xuanzang book I mentioned before, I’ve been re-reading a book about Ashikaga Yoshimasa, probably the worst Shogun in Japanese history, but a genius with art. In the book, Professor Donald Keene talks about Yoshimasa’s years in … Continue reading

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The Amazing Adventures of Xuanzang

Hi Folks, Lately, my life has been slowing down a little bit, and I have time to read books again. So, this week I’ve been reading a fascinating book titled The Silk Road Journey With Xuanzang, which tells the story … Continue reading

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