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Something else that I read in Professor Shigaraki’s (信楽 峻麿) book, Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path, recently, which I wanted to share: Today the original teachings of Gautama Buddha [Shakyamuni] are largely compiled in the Pāli scriptural texts. A … Continue reading
“Look at this bible I bought, 15 bucks! And talk about a preachy book! Everyone’s a sinner, except for this guy.” One of the age-old questions that people have sought to answer is whether people are inherently good, or inherently … Continue reading
(Sometimes it’s just better to be quiet and listen…) Recently I had a small epiphany about Buddhist “culture” in the West, especially convert (non-Asian) Buddhists. Buddhist communities online and some communities I’ve seen in person remind me a lot of … Continue reading
So lately, I’ve been reading a lot of books on Pure Land Buddhism (浄土仏教). It started with Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Finding Our True Home, which is a very modern interpretation of Pure Land Buddhism. I found the book interesting, … Continue reading
My daughter, “Princess“, recently told me a sad story at her school that I wanted to share. Princess is 7 years old and is in the 1st grade. In her class, she sits at a large table with other kids, … Continue reading
I saw an interesting photo on Twitter months ago by @KyotoDailyPhoto. The temple, a Tendai temple, is called Shinnyodō (真如堂) in Kyoto. That photo shows a rock garden that looks like the death (入滅) of the Buddha, where the Buddha … Continue reading
Recently fellow blogger rubot (blog here) re-tweeted this quotation from another Twitter account: This is a famous quotation by Russian author Leo Tolstoy. This was actually a letter written in 1896 titled “Patriotism, or Peace?” and the text above is: … Continue reading
Here in Seattle, we are getting excited for the Super Bowl, the yearly football championship. Our local team, the Seattle Seahawks, have only been to the Super Bowl once before (and they lost), so people here are quite excited. Everywhere … Continue reading
I’ve been continuing my reading of the famous Korean Buddhist Jinul in Robert E. Buswell’s book Tracing Back the Radiance. The book contains a few translated works by Jinul including his most popular text: Secrets on Cultivating the Mind or … Continue reading