Category Archives: Religion

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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Self-Hate

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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The Home Stretch

Hi guys, I haven’t given much of an update about myself lately, but I wanted to share some news: I will get certified as a “minister’s assistant” in October. This is essentially like a deacon in the Christian churches. It … Continue reading

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A Look At Rennyo: The Great Restorer

Hi guys, As part of my process toward ordination, I’ve been learning a lot about liturgy in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, which I’ve posted about here and here. However, I’ve also come to realize that a lot of the liturgy and … Continue reading

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The Shishinrai Liturgy

Hey guys, Since I’ve been busy these with learning Buddhist liturgy for ordination at the Jodo Shinshu temple here in Seattle, I’ve been learning a lot about different chants. Some are well-known, like the Shoshinge, while some are obscure, like … Continue reading

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Ekoku: Dedication of Merit

Hello, As I am working towards my ordination in the local Jodo Shinshu Buddhist temple,1 I have spent a lot of time learning and practicing liturgy. One of my favorite bits of liturgy is a small text called the ekōku … Continue reading

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A Medieval Criticism of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism

This is something I read from the book Jodo Shinshu: Shin Buddhism in Medieval Japan, which is a great book on the history of this school of Japanese Buddhism. Professor Dobbins quotes from a polemical work called the guanki (愚闇記, … Continue reading

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