All I had to do to get over that funk last night was listen to Pizzicato Five on the way to work. I’ll have to remember that. In other news, to the best of my knowledge I am heading to Florida tomorrow. So I’ll leave y’all with this: Lovely Rita meter maid. Lovely Rita meter […]
Do you ever feel this way? I have been lately. I think, I have a strong sense, that a lot of my weird feeling as of late have very much to do with all the time I’ve spent out of my house lately. And all of the time I’ve spent in my house asleep. Since […]
Whew. There they are. All the pictures of Tokyo. Enjoy! In other news, I saw my friend Anne perform tonight with these guys. They kick some serious ass. and i guess the broke up ’cause that link don’t work anymore. Apart from all that, I think I’m finally getting over my jet lag (just in […]
Is it weird to write two entries in such close proximity? I don’t think so. After all, this one needs to be a bit more reflective. It’s a quarter to nine in the morning of Wednesday, September 14th. I’m at a coffee shop in Tokyo about to make the long journey across town and then […]
Did I mention how hot it is here? It’s really hot. In point of fact, it’s been around 30 to 33 degrees here. (For those of us who have no idea how Celsius works, that’s around 90 degrees Fahrenheit.) And humid. Oh my God is it humid. It’s oppressive, truth be told. Everything’s air conditioned, […]
So I went to Kamakura yesterday. It’s about an hour south by train. And a totally different world. Tokyo is overwhelming, bright, frantic, glittery, insane. The train station in Kamakura is a tiny little outpost in a tiny little town filled with temples and shrines dating back seven or eight hundred years to when this […]
Hi all. So I only just today discovered where I can connect to the internet and it’s at (shudder) Starbucks. Despite the locale, here are a couple of things I’ve written this week when I’ve had the time. Needless to say, I think it’s a wonderful thing that I haven’t had time to write because […]
This paper was originally written for the XII Biennial International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies conference held in Tokyo, September 2005. It was subsequently published in the 2005 issue of The Pure Land.
So I paid for this silly T-Mobile hot-spot, I’m gonna use it. I’m gonna use it to post entries everywhere I can. And, more to the point, I’ve got almost two hours before I start boarding my flight to Tokyo, so really, I don’t have anything else to do. I don’t have anything else to […]
Morality begins with the basic assumption that what one individual does, he or she does to the collective whole. While I will freely admit my Buddhist bias in this regard, I don’t think the idea of the basic interconnectedness of society is at all the exclusive purview of Buddhist morality or ethics. Wasn’t it Jesus himself who said “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you,” which presumes that we live in a symbiotic relationship with other people? Further, everyone’s favorite modern secular ethicist Imanual Kant was a big believer social morals versus personal morals wherein if what you were doing had no negative impact on other moral agents, more power to you. But when your actions have negative consequences on other moral agents, guess what? You’re being an immoral jerk.