Category Archives: Buddhism

The Lost “Iranian” Buddhism: A Brief History of the Silk Road

Hello Everyone, I recently finished two related books this week: the Xuan-zang book I wrote about before and a new book by Richard Foltz about the religions of the Silk Road. The latter book was fairly short, but it was … Continue reading

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Mind as Mirror

While visiting my good friend in Portland, Oregon recently, we had a good theological discussion while my daughter slept in the next room. One of the things I mentioned was the Buddhist notion, not exclusive to Zen, of the mind … Continue reading

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How to do Incense Offerings at Japanese Buddhist Temples

Hi Guys, At the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist temple we go to, there is a ritual called oshōkō (お焼香), where families go up to the temple before service and offer a little incense, as well as a small donation, usually a … Continue reading

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I Alone Am The World-Honored One

Hi all, This was a last-minute post, but earlier today I found this great post on Twitter from the monastic community at the famous Koyasan temple in Japan (click here if you can’t see it): 今日はお釈迦さまのお誕生日。 花まつりのお喜びを申し上げます。 — 高野山開創1200年記念大法会 … Continue reading

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Buddhas and Kitties!

185. Not despising, not harming, restraint according to the code of monastic discipline, moderation in food, dwelling in solitude, devotion to meditation — this is the teaching of the Buddhas. –The Dhammapada Hi guys, For the upcoming holiday of hanamatsuri, … Continue reading

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Let It Go….

I found this excellent quote from a Buddhist text called the Alagaddupama Sutta: The Water-Snake Simile that I wanted to share: “Even so, monks, whatever isn’t yours: Let go of it. Your letting go of it will be for your … Continue reading

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Not What You Think It Is

Lately, I started reading a fascinating book about the life of Tetsugen Dōkō (鉄眼道光, 1630-1682), a monk of the Obaku Zen sect. He was known as a scholar and great propagator of Buddhist texts to lay-people in Japan. One of his … Continue reading

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