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Tag Archives: buddhism
BRB Sri Lanka
There is an old story in Japanese Buddhist legends, said to come from India.
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On Lenin’s Feet and the Taxi-Driving Buddha
If you visit Kyoto, you may stumble into a small home next door to a shrine and, as you’re looking for the shrine entrance, a woman may ask you for 500 yen and assure you that there is English being … Continue reading
Posted in language, Shrines, Temples and Ruins, Thinking, Uncategorized, Zen Tagged buddhism, japan, Kyoto, Lenin 2 Comments
On Obon: Japan’s Homecoming Game, with Ghosts.
There’s an old Buddhist story about a monk named Mahamaudgalyayana – let’s call him Mokuren, for short – who was doing alright, as monks go, and had finally developed the skill of peering into the world of the dead.
Posted in Fun, Shrines, Thinking, Tradition, Uncategorized, Zen Tagged ancestor worship, buddha, buddhism, holidays, hungry ghosts, japan, japanese holidays, obon, world holidays 8 Comments
On Japanese Funerals
My first conversation about the earthquake was a week and three days after it struck. In the office, we talked about the peripheries of disaster: Blood donations, fundraisers, TV coverage. We didn’t talk about victims. When the media focused on … Continue reading
Posted in Earthquake, Photography, Shinto, Shrines, Temples and Ruins, Thinking, Tradition, Uncategorized, Zen Tagged buddhism, death, earthquake, funerals, japan, photos, shinto 9 Comments