Contemplating Death and the Buddha’s Pure Land

After my recent personal ascetic retreat, I spent some time getting reacquainted with Jodo Shu Buddhist teachings, and in particular the “second founder” of Jodo Shu: a monk named Benchō, who had been a leading disciple of founder, Hōnen. In Japanese Buddhism, he is often called in Shōkō Shōnin (聖光上人). Benchō’s writings are not thatContinue reading “Contemplating Death and the Buddha’s Pure Land”

Being An Introvert Sucks Sometimes

Recently, my team at work had a large online party for our senior manager who’s going on paternity leave, with online games like Among Us and other activities. But I quickly felt uncomfortable and decided to drop out. This is not new for me though. In past jobs, when work parties take place, I likeContinue reading “Being An Introvert Sucks Sometimes”

Time and Romance

From the 14th century Japanese text, “Essays in Idleness” (tsurezuregusa 徒然草), composed by Buddhist monk Kenkō: 26) When I recall the months and years I spent as the intimate of someone whose affections have now faded like cherry blossoms scattering even before a wind blew, I still remember every word of hers that once soContinue reading “Time and Romance”

Talking to Kids about Buddhism and Death

A couple of months ago, my kindergarten-aged son, started crying one night because be didn’t want mommy and daddy to grow old and die. 😭 I am not sure why he suddenly thought of this, but I guess sooner or later all kids will eventually figure out mortality and how it affects loved ones. MyContinue reading “Talking to Kids about Buddhism and Death”

Juya-E

Speaking of the moon, October in Japanese Buddhism, specifically the Jodo Shu sect of Buddhism is an important time called jūya-e (十夜会), meaning “Ten Nights observance”. It is also sometimes known as: jūya hōyō (十夜法要, “ten night Buddhist sermon”) jūyakō (十夜講 “ten night lecture”) jūya nenbutsu (十夜念仏, “ten night nembutsu“), or more formally jūnichi jūyaContinue reading “Juya-E”

Buddhism and the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Yesterday, I finally completed the game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch after taking almost a year off from it. It was satisfying to finally complete the game, and I had a terrific time. One of the fascinating things about Breath of the Wild was the subtle (and notContinue reading “Buddhism and the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”

The Power of Goodwill and the Nembutsu

From time to time, I am reminded of the importance of goodwill, or metta, in Buddhism, and as an example of this the famous Circle of Hierocles, which I wrote about here. Lately, I’ve been inspired to recite the nembutsu1 not so much as a personal practice but for the sake of sharing a bitContinue reading “The Power of Goodwill and the Nembutsu”