Category Archives: Buddhism

Nirvana Day 2015 and Misadventures in Arizona

“Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!” –The last words1 of Shakyamuni Buddha “David: You knew enough to tell Saavik that how we face death is at least as important as … Continue reading

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A Life of Regret

In addition to the Xuanzang book I mentioned before, I’ve been re-reading a book about Ashikaga Yoshimasa, probably the worst Shogun in Japanese history, but a genius with art. In the book, Professor Donald Keene talks about Yoshimasa’s years in … Continue reading

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The Amazing Adventures of Xuanzang

Hi Folks, Lately, my life has been slowing down a little bit, and I have time to read books again. So, this week I’ve been reading a fascinating book titled The Silk Road Journey With Xuanzang, which tells the story … Continue reading

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Getting Kicked In The Groin

December 2014 was a rough month for us. December started well after we got some extra money from our mortgage and a bonus from work. We were excited to put that money into savings, and maybe buy a new computer. … Continue reading

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The Origin of Violence is Violence

Something I found interesting on Twitter recently. I think the words “Şiddetin kökeni şiddettir” are Turkish, but I am not sure. Anyhow, Google Translate said that the meaning is “the origin of violence is violence”. Şiddetin kökeni şiddettir. pic.twitter.com/KFhdQnvxWi — … Continue reading

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Eventually, Everyone Can Become A Buddha

Recently one evening, my daughter and I were shopping at our favorite grocery store. While there, we noticed someone acting very suspicious. He was a rough-looking young man, wearing dirty clothes. He was looking around a lot, and moving from … Continue reading

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Understanding Ofuda

Hello, Today is a double-post again. It’s the New Year and many people visit Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Japan (and overseas), and often buy something called ofuda (お札). Formally, they are called shinsatsu (神札), but people almost always … Continue reading

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