Category Archives: Taoism

Zen Is Not What You Think It Is

I took this photo recently while walking to work. The word “Zen” (禅) gets used a lot in funny ways in English. For some reason, people often use Zen to mean relaxation, or peace of mind, without any Buddhist meaning. … Continue reading

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The Cycle of Violence

When the people do not fear your might Then your might has truly become great. –Dao De Jing, trans. Professor Muller I found this interesting article in the Japan Times a few weeks ago. It talks about a Japanese family … Continue reading

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Elitism in Buddhism, again

I distrust the extremes. Scratch a conservative and you find someone who prefers the past over any future. Scratch a liberal and find a closet aristocrat… –Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune After reading a post by the Angry Asian … Continue reading

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A Look At Neo-Confucianism

Lastly, I’ve been spending a lot of time reading about Korean history, especially during the Joseon Dynasty (대조선국, 大朝鮮國) while watching the drama “Jewel in the Palace”. One of the things I realized is that Neo-Confucianism is an underrated and … Continue reading

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Taboo in the Heian Period of Japan

Recently, while reading reading the Gossamer Years, I found the book contained a thorough explanation of the notion of “taboo” and “purification” in the Heian Court in Japan. I wanted to share this with others. Aristocrats and the Heian Court … Continue reading

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A Brief Glance At Ancient Roman Religion

Normally, when I talk about religion on this blog (a favorite topic of mine), I usually talk about Japanese/Korean religion, with Buddhism in particular. But since I also study Latin a little bit as a hobby, I also got curious … Continue reading

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Need Some Focus

Hunchback of Chu: “…No matter how huge heaven and earth, or how numerous the ten thousand things, I’m aware of nothing but cicada wings. Not wavering, not tipping, not letting any of the other ten thousand things take place of … Continue reading

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Yokohama Chukagai: Adventures in Japan’s Chinatown

On the same day that I visited Sojiji Temple with “Johnl”, we had some time left over, but not enough to visit another temple, so John led me to Yokohama’s famous Chinatown called chūkagai (中華街). The name basically just means … Continue reading

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Leaving your mark upon Life

Another bit of sagely advice from Confucius comes from the Analects of Confucius, book 16, verse 12, courtesy of Prof. Charles A.C. Muller’s online translation: [16:12] Duke Ching of Qi had a thousand teams of horses, but when he died, … Continue reading

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Living the Simple Life

As faithful readers will no doubt have noticed, I read a lot. I read on the bus, read on my lunch break at work, I used to read in the car when Baby was one-year old and would take extended … Continue reading

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