Monthly Archives: December 2015

Reasonings on the Lotus Sutra: Desires in Nichiren’s Buddhism and in Epicurus

Nichiren Daishonin is a 13th-Century Japanese monk who emerged from the Tendai lineage as a reformer of Buddhism. He instituted a peculiar upaya: the practice of chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo to the gohonzon, an altar containing a scroll that replicates and … Continue reading

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Pro-Commonwealth Puerto Ricans Get Their Taste of Parrhesia

I was born in the states but grew up for many years in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, where my ancestors originated. Congress annexed the territory of Puerto Rico to the United States in 1898 and declared its residents, and anyone … Continue reading

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Epicurean Reasonings on the Lotus Sutra: On Efficient Means

In our last blog, we spoke of the secret crux that the Buddhas face: how to awaken ordinary, undisciplined people to their “Buddha nature“, or to ataraxia. Here is where we must introduce upayas, which is usually translated as efficient … Continue reading

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PSBMS: City Without Walls Meme

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NDT’s Solstice Message

“On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform the world. Happy Birthday Isaac Newton b. Dec 25, 1642.” – Neil Degrasse Tyson

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Epicurean Reasonings on the Lotus Sutra: On Transmission

Sutra–meaning, “something woven together”, in this case a series of teachings–is the word used for a Buddhist scripture. There are many sutras in the various traditions of Buddhism. Most of the early ones comprise the Pali Canon. In this series, … Continue reading

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The Chain of Causation Doctrine and Jedi Master Yoda

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. – Jedi Master Yoda It is impossible to omit all the Star Wars IV hype this weekend. It’s all over … Continue reading

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