What’s With the Name?
The title of the blog is based on a quote by “Q”, a character from Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is from the final episode here:
For me it kind of epitomizes certain Buddhist truths that I hold dear.
Why is the URL “Klingon Buddhist”?
Something I just kind of made up on the fly. It gave me a chuckle. 🙂 Being a Star Trek fan might have been a factor too.
Didn’t You Have Another Blog Before This?
I’ve had a few blogs over the years. Sooner or later, they come and go. As the blog title says, all good things must come to an end.
What Kind of Buddhism Do You Follow?
I’ve mostly explored Japanese Buddhism over the years, owing to my wife, and other influences. However, at this time I am not really committed to anything. That doesn’t stop me from exploring the various sects of Japanese Buddhism, and strains of thought within in it. I also like exploring mainland Asian Buddhism too (China, Korea and Vietnam), but there are fewer resources available.
These days I tend to enjoy listening and reading Buddhist teachings by a teacher named Karma Yeshe Rabgye.
Didn’t you follow Jodo Shinshu Buddhism?
In 2016, I left Jodo Shinshu Buddhism for good and have no interest in pursuing it further. Any related posts here are historical only.
This older post expands further my theological concerns with the “exclusive nembutsu” approach to Buddhism. A more recent post explores my life as a Buddhist since leaving Jodo Shinshu. Suffice to say, I am lot happier now.
I understand some people who read this blog are Jodo Shinshu followers too (probably following old links), but I would encourage them to take a critical look at the tradition, and don’t ignore the nagging doubts about it, especially compared to the rest of the Buddhist tradition. Investigate and make intelligent decisions about how you want to follow Buddhism and apply Buddhist practices in your life.
What is your Buddhist practice?
Over the years my practice has gradually changed from one of elaborate, exotic rituals to one more focused on just living a Buddhist life. I focus on following the Five Precepts, avoiding the Ten Unwholesome Acts and studying and contemplating the dharma when I can.
I meditate sometimes, but I admit I am kind of lousy at it. I dabble in eating vegetarian as well, but I am lousy at that too.
I have come to believe more and more that what matters is that people start on the Buddhist path as they are, and not what people tell them to be. If they take refuge in Buddhism and stay focused on the core principles, the rest will eventually sort itself out.
I want to learn about Buddhism. Can you teach me?
I am just a guy who is interested in many facets of Buddhism, and strives to put them into practice in his own way. I am not ordained (I gave that opportunity up when I left Jodo Shinshu Buddhism), and have never had any monastic training. In short, I am not a teacher.
Instead, I have tried to put various Buddhist resources here for people use in their own path. Ultimately, you should find a qualified teacher though if possible, and thankfully it’s a lot easier now than it was 20-30 years ago.
This blog and its Buddhist resources is dedicated to the memory of Venerable Yin-Shun, whose book inspired me to explore all facets of Buddhism as a scholar and as a student.