Walking the Path

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Why Are You Buddhist?

Like some of you, I discovered Buddhism later in life, but a majority of my friends and family have not. With some level of interest they ask “Why are you Buddhist?" Explaining Buddhism is difficult for me, even after 20 years. I ramble thru some of the primary beliefs and practices. But in my...

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The Winds of Buddhism Head East

We are living in the 21st century, about 2,600 years after the historical Buddha Sakyamuni awakened to enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in India. His teachings of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path were passed along the northern route via the silk road to China, Korea, and Japan. The...

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Sitting with Amida (Part 3)

In my previous two blogs, I discussed the concept of Amida Buddha, and how difficult it was for me to internalize the meaning as a newcomer to Buddhism. Once I was confident that Amida Buddha wasn’t a god, but rather a symbol of our human aspirations, I thought about the role of feelings in...

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Finding Amida (Part 2)

In a previous blog, I shared my difficulty as a Buddhist convert with the concept of Amida Buddha. The EVERYDAY BUDDHIST Course Pathway 13-A class clarified that Amida Buddha isn’t a god that we might assume coming from a Western perspective. Yet, I wanted more information to help me wrap my...

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Searching for Amida (Part 1)

As someone who was not raised Buddhist, I’ve been on a journey to reconcile my preconceived ideas and past experiences with new ways of seeing and interpreting life. Sometimes this results in a collision inside of my head, and in the worst case scenario, there might be existential gridlock that...

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Buddha was an Experientialist

My wife Judy and I went to a one-day retreat at the Puget Sound Mindfulness Center some time ago. As a Shin Buddhist, I find it informative and stimulating to learn about different practices of Buddhism, and hear a variety of Dharma voices. At this event we heard a motivating dharma message from...

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Labor Day Small Trades

Labor Day is celebrated as the symbolic end of the summer season. It is also considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear white. It is also the beginning of a new school year and the return to family service and Dharma school! Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and...

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Making a Difference

It has been a very difficult 500+ days since the COVID shutdown on Friday, March 13, 2020. I was at the temple when we were informed that we had to go home and stay at home. I packed up my things and tried to recreate an office and recording studio in my home. With the Delta variant it seems like...

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A Legacy, Not a Destiny

In the West, we are often presented with a choice between two extremes. This is often called a false choice. For example, we either have free will to live our lives any way we wish or our lives are predetermined by fate. Stated another way, we either have to rely completely on hard work or good...

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The Dunning Kruger Effect

It was March 17, 1999, when I received my first book on Buddhism that I had ordered from Amazon. I went on to read two more books before attending a service for the first time at the local Jodo Shinshu temple with my family. At that time, I really thought I knew a lot about Buddhism. I had...

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