Imagine that one person wakes up from a dream, Acarya Shantideva

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Tolerance part 3 from a prose translation by Stephen Batchelor of the sixth chapter of Acarya Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhicaryavatara).

@KyotoDailyPhotoAlthough we childish people do not want to suffer, we are greedy for the causes of suffering. So why are we resentful to others when this harm is no fault but our own? It is just like the protectors of hell and the forest of razor-sharp leaves; it is the product of our very own actions. To what then should we direct our anger? Incited by our own deeds people come to cause us harm. But if as a result they should fall into hell, would we not be responsible for their destruction? In dependence upon them we can cultivate tolerance and thus purify our evils. Yet in dependence upon us, they will suffer in hell for a very long time. When it is…

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Yamakai by Tsukiji Katsumi

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There is nothing more difficult than to talk about really fine senchas. What to say about them? How to describe them? They are very difficult to pin down, their qualities are hard to sum up, and, at first taste, many people prefer lower quality teas that have more immediate appeal. Very often, it is only when we return to lower quality teas that we finally understand the beauty of very great vintages, though we may still be unable to transform our impressions into words.
And then there are questions of taste, and the fact is that the majority of drinkers of Japanese tea probably prefer “amino acid soups,” such as those produced in astronomical quantities in Kagoshima, to fine traditional mountain teas.

P1120917This brings me to my Yamakai, a masterpiece by Mr. Tsukiji Katsumi, which was selected in 2012 by Teas of Japan, along with his Yokosawa and…

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Why is poaching such a problem?


Poaching is a problem for a number of different reasons which extend far beyond the popular view that the only reason we fight poaching is to save the life of an animal here or there.

In discussing these impacts it is helpful to break the effects down into different categories.

Environmental Impacts

The environmental impacts of poaching are sometimes clearly visible and sometimes much harder to identify, at least in the short term. The most obvious impact is a depletion in the number of wildlife present in a given area. The defaunation of an area due to poaching flows from the immediate impact of killing an existing animal, the medium term effect of reducing breeding numbers and hence the rate of reproduction, and the long term effects of thinning the gene pool and the symbiotic- and often irreversible – impact this has on overall biodiversity.

This is not an abstract…

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Ushiku Daibutsu – Ibaraki Big Buddha

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The only manmade object in Ibaraki Prefecture visible from Tokyo is the huge Ushiku Daibutsu, a standing buddha statue that is so tall that on very clear days you can see it from the top of the Tokyo Skytree tower in Tokyo, about 50km to the south west. It is located in northern Ushiku City and visible for miles around, quite impressive. The statue itself is 100m and standing atop a 20m tall base. For comparison the American Statue of Liberty is 40m. More posts to come on this statue!








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The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide

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Exhibition at The Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011
October 3, 2014 – April 13, 2015

The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide focuses on an exceptional set of paintings in the intimate format of album leaves from 18th-century China that illustrate the meditation practice of Sarvavid Vairochana, a primordial Buddha central to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The album is one of only two of its kind in existence to depict visually a secret esoteric practice. The presentation at the Rubin is the first time that these important paintings are exhibited in the United States.

Leaf 17, Wangzimial Aokhan Banner, Inner Mongolia, late 18-19 century.

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