Category Archives: Religion

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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Tolerance

This is another great quote from The Zen Monastic Experience (the other here): Some months later, after completing four quarters of university study, I arrived in Bangkok, a nineteen-year-old filled with idealized images of Buddhism learned from books. Of course, … Continue reading

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On Mosquitoes

“Aedes aegypti” by Muhammad Mahdi Karim (www.micro2macro.net) Facebook Youtube – Own work. Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons. It’s summer, and as you know, mosquitoes become a big nuisance. A couple years ago, I was in Japan during the … Continue reading

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The Three Relationships with Amitabha Buddha

Hey folks, Lately, I’ve been reading some of the translated writings of a Buddhist monk in Japan named Shōkū (証空, 1177 – 1247), who was a chief disciple of Honen and roughly contemporary to Shinran.  I wrote about him a … Continue reading

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The Unvarnished Nembutsu

A long time ago, I posted about a Jodo Shu monk named Shoku who was one of the chief disciples of the famous monk Honen, and established the Seizan (西山) branch of Jodo Shu Buddhism. Although it is a smaller … Continue reading

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