Happy Birthday Buddha 2021

April 8th marks the birthday of the Buddha, Shakyamuni, in Japanese culture. This is often known as Hanamatsuri (花まつり) or the “flower festival”. Even in these tough times, it is a time to rejoice for us Buddhists, even if you observe the day on a different calendar. I admit that I almost forgot this year,Continue reading “Happy Birthday Buddha 2021”

Hello, Is It Me You’re Looking For?

I recently finished the series WandaVision (I am always super slow to catch up on popular shows), and in the big climactic battle between Vision and his other self,1 Vision brings up a famous paradox called the Ship of Theseus which Plutarch, one of my personal favorite people from that era, describes as: The shipContinue reading “Hello, Is It Me You’re Looking For?”

The Death Spiral of Paranoia

Hey folks, I found this random article on ABC News recently on a mom’s obsession with QAnon and how it gradually consumed her life. This article was really interesting to me because it shows how the slow progression of an idea can become all-consuming to the point that it consumes a person, cutting them offContinue reading “The Death Spiral of Paranoia”

Blossoms Falling

祇園精舎の鐘の聲、諸行無常の響き有り。 沙羅雙樹の花の色、盛者必衰の理を顯す。 驕れる者も久しからず、唯春の夜の夢の如し。 猛き者も遂には滅びぬ、偏に風の前の塵に同じ。 Gionshōja no kane no koe, Shogyōmujō no hibiki ari. Sarasōju no hana no iro, Jōshahissui no kotowari wo arawasu. Ogoreru mono mo hisashikarazu, tada haru no yo no yume no gotoshi. Takeki mono mo tsui ni wa horobin(u), hitoeni kaze no mae no chiri ni onaji. The sound of the GionContinue reading “Blossoms Falling”

The Myth of Popular Buddhism and “True Buddhism”

Author’s Note: this is another old post I discovered recently, written way back in 2009 in an older blog I used to own, that I felt was worth reposting here. All the content below, aside from some minor edits, is the original text. Enjoy! Lately, I have been continuing my read of Prof. Reader’s andContinue reading “The Myth of Popular Buddhism and “True Buddhism””

Remembering Ryoanji Temple

Hello readers, this post is another in a mini series of posts I am making about past Buddhist temple visits I made in Japan. During my first visit to Japan in January 2005, where I saw Kiyomizu-dera Temple, my wife, in-laws and I also visited another famous temple named Ryoanji (official homepage) a famous templeContinue reading “Remembering Ryoanji Temple”