There is a hilarious quote from Lego Movie 2: BALTHAZAR: Greetings, Bricksburgians. Welcome to the Palace of Infinite Reflection, a self-reeducation celebrity center. Namaste. UNIKITTY: Ooh! Sounds spiritual. BALTHAZAR: It is so spiritual. “Pop spirituality” is a term some people use to describe this kind of vapid spirituality that relies on things that seem toContinue reading “Pop Spirituality”
Category Archives: Buddhism
Even Cherry Blossoms Get Old
Recently, I found this post on Twitter: The sakura sure have lasted a long time this year😬🌸 there comes a timeeven in blossoming Kyoto…sick of it或時は花の都にも倦にけり Kobayashi Issa (小林 一茶), 1795.Translation by David G. Lanoue.#Kyoto #Sakura #Japan #Chionin #小林一茶 #cherryblossom #知恩院 pic.twitter.com/sOjHZntnb5 — Adventures in Kyoto (@KyotoDailyPhoto) April 14, 2019 The haiku in question, writtenContinue reading “Even Cherry Blossoms Get Old”
Buddhism and the Parable of the Two Rivers
Since this week is the Japanese-Buddhist holiday of Ohigan (lit. “other shore” お彼岸), I wanted to share a famous parable in the “Pure Land” Buddhist tradition, written by a 7th century Chinese monk named Shan-dao (善導 613-681). This is usually called the Parable of the Two Rivers and the White Path. You can find translationsContinue reading “Buddhism and the Parable of the Two Rivers”
Gone Before You Know It
Now that the miserable long winter here in the Pacific Northwest is becoming a faded memory (not to mention unusually persistent this year), Spring is finally here! At times like these I love to go back and re-read poems from the famous Japanese anthology, the Hyakunin Isshu. In particular, one of my favorite is thisContinue reading “Gone Before You Know It”
Politics and Hysteria
This was a sobering article I found in the Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/03/watertown-new-york-tops-scale-political-tolerance/582106/ In particular, this quote really disturbed me: This matters because political disdain has begun to distort our perception of reality. Democrats now think Republicans are richer, older, crueler, and more unreasonable than they are in real life, according to multiple studies, including one byContinue reading “Politics and Hysteria”
Buddhist Altar, Japanese Style
Recently, I was chatting with a coworker who’s a fellow Buddhist and he was asking about how to make a Buddhist altar. It turns out that English-language books usually don’t explain such things, focusing on the more cerebral, dogmatic details. Great if you want to know Buddhist philosophy, but kind of lousy when you justContinue reading “Buddhist Altar, Japanese Style”
Yakudoshi? More Like Yaku-no-shi!
In Japanese culture, certain years are considered inauspicious based on the year you were born and are called “yakudoshi” (厄年). The logic behind these particular years comes from Chinese homophones (words that sounds alike). According to this helpful book, the years listed can also be homophones for bad things. For example “42”, if you sayContinue reading “Yakudoshi? More Like Yaku-no-shi!”
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