Friday, June 5, 2020

Ep. 056:
Mount Potalaka, Realm of the South Sea Guanyin (14:29 min)

Let's visit the stunning South Sea Guanyin (the Bodhisattva of Compassion) and environs on the Chinese island paradise of Putuo Shan, in this episode of--

TEMPLE TALES!


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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Ep. 055:
A Tale of Two Temples:
The Temple(s) of Unlimited Fortune (18:33 min)

When we visited the pagoda of Linji (called in Japanese Rinzai), I mentioned Rinzai and Soto and another sect of Buddhism in Japan: Obaku. Let's visit its mother temple in China, Huangbo Shan Wanfu Temple, and explore a "Tale of Two Temples" in this episode of--

TEMPLE TALES!


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Monday, June 1, 2020

Ep. 054:
Two Deaths in the Tale of the Heike (11:32 min)

From time to time I'll be sharing well-known stories from Japanese and Chinese culture. We'll examine two stories displaying mono no aware, the "transience of things," from the Japanese Tale of the Heike in this episode of--

TEMPLE TALES!


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Friday, May 29, 2020

Ep. 053:
The Stunning Pagodas of Zhengding (16:55 min)

On a sweltering late-summer day in 2011, my pilgrimage took me to the memorial pagoda of one of Zen's greatest Masters: Linji (called "Rinzai" in Japan). But nearby were three more pagodas to see--which I did, and you will too, in this episode of--

TEMPLE TALES!


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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Ep. 052:
In the Samurai's Garden (16:56 min)

Come with me as I visit Shisen-do, the retreat built by a retired samurai-turned-poet in Kyoto's northeast foothills--and now a Buddhist temple, in this episode of--

TEMPLE TALES!


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Monday, May 25, 2020

Ep. 051:
The Big Buddha and the Little Temple at Leshan (15:12 min)

Let's visit what UNESCO calls the "largest" and "tallest" ancient Buddha statue in the world--and a pretty little nearby temple, in Leshan, China, in this episode of--

TEMPLE TALES!


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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Ep. 050:
All the Missions in a Day, Part II (24:14 min)

At last we'll finish up the "mission challenge"--visiting all 21 of California's missions in one day--encounter a couple of hiccups, and see if we make it before the day is over! In this episode of--

TEMPLE TALES!


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