• Ethics (and Dungeons and Dragons)

    That title should really be “Dungeons and Dragons (and Ethics).” Or “D&D, Star Wars, and Cats (with some Buddhism sprinkled in).” In our first episode for 2016, we wanted to begin a conversation about social ethics — somehow we got sidetracked by Dungeons and Dragons, the classic role playing game that we both grew up …

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  • We’re back: 2016 preview

    The rumors of deaths have been greatly exaggerated. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:46 — 5.6MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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  • Pure Land Diversity

    In response to a listener question, we discuss the variety of Pure Land practices outside the Shin and Japanese traditions. We begin by noting that Honen and Shinran set up distinct schools and institutions devoted to a single Pure Land practice (nenbutsu) whereas across the Buddhist world, Pure Land is best understood not as a …

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  • Diversity of Buddhist Teaching

    Following up on our conversation from last time, we tackle a list of listener questions that we thought would be simple but took us off in really different directions. The first question is whether or not Japanese Buddhist traditions rely on the Pali canon — yes? no? maybe? we don’t know! We (well, really, Scott) …

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