The Voice of Great Compassion

October 3rd, 2020

Welcome to Episode 7 of the series No Doubt. My apologies for the small hiatus, but many changes in my schedule made it hard to upload a new episode. Hopefully, an episode will be posted every three months from now on until I drop dead...

In this episode, we will take a look at the Shin Buddhist perspective on the pandemic and about wearing masks. In the second half, we will take a look into the meaning of Namo Amida Butsu and what the heck this phrase actually means. 

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Awakening to Humanity

July 1st, 2020

In this episode, we will look at the issue of racism and social inequality and what Shin Buddhism has to say about this. In short, Amida's Great Compassion gives us the courage and audacity to look thoroughly at the self. In the second segment, we will focus on what the definition of "humanity" is. Thought you had it? For this, let's turn to an unlikely source—the terminator. Tune in to see why!   

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Doubt as Two Minds

June 1st, 2020

In this episode, we will look at the Jodo Shinshu stance on the issue of Capital Punishment. In doing so, we will look at the issue of ethics in general. In the second half, we will look at doubt defined as "two minds" or the "wavering mind" as well as talk about what doubt is directed towards. 

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Doubt as Human Calculation, Part 2

May 2nd, 2020

In this episode of No Doubt, we will look at the commonly used phrase "Rest in Peace" and whether Shin Buddhists can get behind that phrase. Spoiler alert: we can't. However, there is a much cooler phrase that I think we can agree with, which is "Rest in Power." In the second segment, we will continue with the topic of doubt and how it is related to human contrivance and calculation. 

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Doubt as Human Calculation, Part 1

May 2nd, 2020

In this episode of No Doubt, we will take a look at the phrase "bachi ga ataru," where one is believed to be punished for doing something wrong. In addition, what is the Shin Buddhist stance on ghosts and the supernatural? In the second segment, we will continue with the topic of doubt in Shinran Shonin's thought. Doubt is also synonymous with human calculative thinking, human rationality and reasoning, as well as human discriminative thinking.   

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Doubt as Karmic Currency

May 2nd, 2020

In this episode, we take a look at the Shin Buddhist (Jodo Shinshu) view on the issue of luck. How does Shin Buddhism look at such things as talisman, omamori, Greek and Chinese Zodiac, astrology, and auspicious days. In the second segment, we will look at how Shinran Shonin, the founder of this school of Buddhism, defines doubt as what I call "karmic currency." 

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Doubt as Self-Power

May 2nd, 2020

Welcome to the first episode of No Doubt. Here we will first look at the issue of whether one can be a Buddhist and a part of a different religion. In the second part, we will look at the issue of doubt in Shinran Shonin's thought. This is the first of five episodes and here we will address how doubt is synonymous with the term self-power.  

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