Sunday Morning Songs: English Language Gathas in American Shinshu Temples

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.


So it’s been a long, depressing week over here for all of us. I think that pretty much goes without saying, of course. But now I’ve got to get my head into a new space. I’m leaving soon. In less than forty-eight hours I’ll be on a plane somewhere over the Pacific headed off to […]


It seems to me that this tragedy was not indiscriminate. That it hit the poor, the marginalized, and people of color harder than those of us who are privileged in this, the richest country in the world.