Category Archives: Korea

Secrets on Cultivating the Mind by Jinul

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

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Celebrating 100 Days

Hi Everyone, Little Guy is about to turn 100 days old, and we are going to celebrate something called okuizome (お食い初め). This is a small, but important celebration to mark the day when a baby turns 100 days old. In … Continue reading

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A Look At “The Awakening Of Faith In The Mahayana”

Hello, Recently, after a visit to the doctor, I stopped by the local University of Washington (transferring buses) and stopped off at my favorite used-bookstore: Magus Books. I stop there about once every 1-2 years to look for rare and … Continue reading

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For The True Buddhist Nerd: A Review of The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

Recently, thanks to a helpful conversation with a certain Buddhist Professor (thank you Professor “B”), I got in touch with the Princeton University Press department, who sent me a free copy of The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism. I was eager … Continue reading

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What Zen Should Be

While reading the book Tracing Back the Radiance by Professor Robert Buswell, I found this interesting quote by a famous Korean monk in the Goryeo Dynasty named Uicheon (의천, 義天, 1055-1101). He lived a couple generations before Jinul did, and … Continue reading

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A Look At Jinul, Korean Buddhism’s Superstar

In the past, I wrote about Wonhyo, a kind of Buddhist hero in Korean history who was important in spreading Buddhism to the masses. This time, I wanted to talk about another famous Buddhist in Korean history named Jinul, or … Continue reading

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The Sage King Yeongjo of Korea

Recently I finished and interesting book (started in Spring) titled The Confucian Kingship in Korea: Yôngjo and the Politics of Sagacity. This book looks at the life of a certain Korean king named Yeongjo (1694-1776, 영조/英祖) of the Joseon Dynasty … Continue reading

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Toilets in Asia

A while back, I found this excellent guide to toilets in Korea by the good folks at Seoulistic. Much of this also applies to Japan too. If you travel/live in either place, this is important information of course. ;) When … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Korean Buddhist Canon

I haven’t talked about Korean stuff in a while (too busy with work and baby), but I found this interesting article by the Yonhap News Agency. This is about a festival to celebrate the Korean Buddhist Canon or Tripitaka Koreana. … Continue reading

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Newborns in Japan, Korea and the US

Our second child is now more than a week old, and we are adjusting to the new routine. The first week was really, really busy. We stayed in the hospital for 2 nights, 3 days so my wife could recover … Continue reading

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