Category Archives: Buddhism

Children Over Parents: some Buddhist parenting advice

Hello, Since this is the Fall Ohigan week here on the blog, I wanted to do another Buddhist post. This one is about my little boy, whom I call “Little Guy”. He is now 11 months old, and likes to … Continue reading

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Fall Ohigan 2014: Conduct Matters

Hi Everyone, As is a tradition here in this blog, I like to give a little Buddhism “sermon” at certain times of the year, including Ohigan since the first post in 2009. Ohigan (お彼岸) is a twice-yearly Buddhist holiday in … Continue reading

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The Pure Land and Nichiren Debate in Buddhism

Coincidentally, a few days before this post, I was reading a debate in 1272 between the Buddhist monk, Nichiren, and a local Pure Land priest named Benjō.1 Nichiren is known for his strong criticism of the Pure Land teaching, some … Continue reading

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There are Nichiren Buddhists, and then there are Nichiren Buddhists

This past Saturday, my family attended the yearly Japanese “Aki Matsuri” festival in Bellevue, Washington (my hometown!), which is always a fun event. It’s amazing how many friends we run into there.1 The Aki Matsuri festival has a lot of … Continue reading

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Ohakamairi

Every year, when we visit Japan, we often pay respect to my wife’s deceased relatives and ancestors. This is a common practice in Japan called ohakamairi (お墓参り) where ohaka just means a grave, while mairu is the humble version of … Continue reading

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My Visit to Utsunomiya, Japan

Hello, Although I’ve posted a few times about seeing Korea, I wanted to post some stuff about Japan too. My wife’s maternal-side of the family lives outside Utsunomiya, Japan, which is a medium-sized city in Tochigi Prefecture, 2 hours north … Continue reading

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Timely Buddhist Quote

Something I found today here in a certain collection of quotations by the Buddha, called the Dhammapada, translation by Venerable Thanissaro Bhikkhu: 137-140. Whoever, with a rod, harasses an innocent man, unarmed, quickly falls into any of ten things: harsh … Continue reading

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