Tag Archives | Buddhism

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Osu, the Akihabara of Nagoya

In today’s post, a short look at the coolest place in Nagoya: Osu.

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Deep Breaths

Does his expression look a little irite to you? It does to me. Maybe the other monks were picking on him.



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I Forgive You

Kannon looking down and passing out her blessings.

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Six Little Monks

This is one of my favorite shots ever, and wouldn’t you know it… it was taken with the crappy 2MP camera of my iPhone 3G. Not the ideal camera to capture such a scene, but you make do with what you have (or as as [Chase Jarvis][] puts it, “The best camera is the one that’s with you”)

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Buddha's Angels

I can hear the opening in my head now: But I took them away from all that and now they work for me. Ah? My name is Siddhartha1. Ok, maybe not, but really, it couldn’t be any worse than the show. And I think one of those Angels up there looks just a little like Farrah.

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Osu Kannon

Osu Kannon is one of the more famous temples in Nagoya. It’s real name is Kitanosan Shinpuku-ji Hōshō-in, but everyone knows it as Osu Kannon. It is dedicated to the Boddhisatva Kannon, also known as Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion.

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Temple Window

This bell shape is a common design to find at temples. Nice looking. This was taken at a small temple called Manshouji (満性寺), but that isn’t so important as this is a common design at all temples.

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Signs of the Buddha: Lion & Elephant

Afew days ago I showed the photo of a shrine lion, the symbol of the Buddha, or his teachings anyways. Here is another shrine lion (獅子 / shishi), along with an elephant. Unlikely friends, eh?

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Meditating Buddha in the Wild

Here we have the Buddha, just chilling out in the wild, sitting on his lotus blossom chair and meditating away on whatever it is that buddhas meditate about: How to save poor, unenlightened jokers like myself, I hope.

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Buddha Path

They are actually boddhisatvas, I think, which you might think of as something of a Buddhist Saint. There are a lot of these guys. Go read more here if interested. It’s kind of neat to see all these statues lined up like this.

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