Monthly Archives: July 2012

More Good Advice for Studying

Here’s more advice from Xunzi, which is a follow-up to my last post. I was surprised to see how popular that one was. Anyhow, this is from section 2: A thoroughbred can travel a thousand li in one day, yet … Continue reading

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KPop Saturdays: Brown-Eyed Girls “One Summer Night” 한 여름밤의 꿈

I really thought this was a great video by Brown Eyed Girls, and a touching summer story: Brown Eyed Girls is a more mature group, and most of their songs are fierce (Sixth Sense), heart-breaking, and/or risqué (e.g. Abracadabra), but … Continue reading

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Beginner Buddhism Part Eight: Example Home Service

Speaking of home services, I coincidentally uploaded another small video I made: This wasn’t what I originally planned for lesson eight, but decided to do this instead. Lesson nine will cover Buddhist deities. This was just a short, somewhat generic … Continue reading

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Nembutsu as Self-Reflection

From time to time, when life gets me really flustered or frustrated, or I am just frustrated with myself, I use my special rosary from Kamakura, and recite a full cycle (about 1080 times) of the nembutsu (the Buddha’s name). … Continue reading

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Life on Pluto

Go then, there are other worlds than these. –Stephen King’s, “The Gunslinger“ I always like to explore strange new places, islands, planets, etc. The outer planets really fascinate me, including Pluto the dwarf-planet. By the way Pluto is called meiōsei … Continue reading

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Japanese and Korean, A Second-Pass Comparison: Verbs

This post is dedicated to reader “Jan”, who expressed an interest in both languages. I’ve wanted to write this for a while, but waited until I had more information. Anyway, a while back, I posted a kind of first-pass comparison … Continue reading

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Beginner Buddhism Part 7: Conduct and the Precepts

Haven’t done one of these in a while, but I finally got it done: I am getting a little bit better at the video editing, but still need a lot of practice. Anyhow, this episode covers concepts such as the … Continue reading

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Understanding Korean Age

I first learned about this years ago when I lived in Ireland. My wife and I were friends with a Korean family that was also working in Ireland, and their kids were similar age to my daughter. My daughter was … Continue reading

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KPop Saturdays: Shinee’s “Sherlock”

This is another post in my sporadic KPop Saturday posts (haven’t actually done one in months).1 For this Saturday I wanted to post this one by SHINee from their live performance on KBS Music Bank: SHINee’s song “Sherlock” has been … Continue reading

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Japanese Buddhism in the Community

I was inspired by a couple stories from the Japan Times about Buddhist priests in Japan from a few weeks ago. But first a brief explanation of Buddhist clergy in Japan. Usually, the term “monk” in Buddhism or bhikkhu implies … Continue reading

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