Transmission: Even Hell Itself is a Dwelling Place

“Even Hell itself is a dwelling place.” ( Jigoku mo sumika) Japanese culture is rife with allusions to ghostly worlds and intimations of the Land of the Dead bleeding into the mundane world of “reality.” The tradition of Buddhism also seeps into almost every aspect of Japanese life, exoteric and esoteric. One of most interesting…

The Reward of Refusal – Ayurvedic Insights into Discrimination on the Path

The ancient Indian system of medicine Ayurveda has much to offer the modern world. Ayurvedic texts such as the Ashtanga Hridaya and the Charaka Samhita are filled with extensive commentary on human suffering, pathology and disease and are a veritable treasure house of healing wisdom which can assist in the transformation of outdated western allopathic…