Japan

  • Buddha Buzz: Dating, Drugs, and Death Paid Member

    First off, Happy Lunar New Year! Welcome to the year of the dragon. As befits such a year celebrating a creature who is often associated with longevity, some Buddhist monks in Japan have a similar concern in mind: from the Japan Times, "Matchmaking Service gives Buddhist monks a boost in dating market." From the article: In Japan, it is typical for relatives of monks—especially head monks—to inherit caretaker duties of their temples. But because of a lack of successors, the monks have become desperate to find wives in order to preserve this tradition and save their temples from being closed or integrated. More »
  • Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei to teach at NYC's Japan Society Paid Member

      Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei, is coming to teach at NYC's Japan Society! In March and April, she will be leading a six-week workshop called "Exquisite Way: Japanese Aesthetic Principles and Zen Practice." The workshop will cover zazen instructions for any Zewbies (that's Zen newbies), and will then discuss the following: More »
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    Buddha Buzz: Monsters, Vampires, and Ghosts, Oh My! Paid Member

    Happy (late) Halloween! Did you dress up? Did you go trick 'r treating (or take your kids)? Did you...use Halloween to further your Buddhist practice? At first it seems like Halloween might be the antithesis of Buddhism. I know when I was a kid Halloween was the best excuse in the year to flex my greed-and-attachment muscles. All that candy was just too much for me to handle... But John from The Dharma Folk blog had a great post yesterday called "The Dharma of Trick or Treating," in which he talks a bit about how "Halloween secretly teaches awesome Buddhist principles." He continues, More »
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    Memorial Day Lantern Floating Ceremony Paid Member

    If you happen to be in the Honolulu area today, be sure to head to Ala Moana Beach Park for the annual Memorial Day Lantern Floating Ceremony, hosted by the Japanese Buddhist organization Shinnyo-En. From LanternFloatingHawaii.com: More »
  • Free event May 8th at Japan Society with Sensei Bonnie Myotai Treace Paid Member

    This Sunday, May 8th, which is also Mother's Day, Sensei Bonnie Myotai Treace will host the second of her meditation classes and talks on the life and poetry of Buddhist nun Otagaki Rengetsu (1791–1875) at New York City's Japan Society. We mentioned this event, called "Spring is Hers," here. Myotai Sensei led the Tricycle Community in a wonderful retreat called "Whole Life Offering" last summer. This event is free to all. Click here to RSVP at the Japan Society at (212) 715-1224. Myotai Sensei's website: 108 bowls Further reading: More »
  • Where is the ethical dimension of Buddhist meditation in Zen? Paid Member

    In a recent edition of The Eastern Buddhist, Professor Brian Victoria continues his criticism of the writings of D. T. Suzuki. (The article is here, in PDF. The Eastern Buddhist is published in Kyoto and the original organization was founded by D. T. Suzuki in the 1920s. TEB's openness to debate on Suzuki's writing and record is to be commended.)More »