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Miyamoto Musashi’s Dokkodo

Dokkodo (獨行道), roughly translated means  “The Path of Walking Alone,”  “The Path of Independence,” or “The Lone Path”/  Although the English translation does not give the title much justice, it is should be noted that this refers not to a path of nihilistic abandon, nor a path of misanthropy.  Misanthropes who have crossed beyond a certain […]

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An Interview With a Former Falun Gong Member

The following is an interview with a 24-year old female student who was a member of the Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) group.  Falun Gong, which can be translated as “Law Wheel Practice”, is considered by its followers to be a spiritual discipline.  It was first introduced in China in 1992.  Western academics have described Falun […]

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The Dalai Lama: Not so special after all

As far as world religious leaders go, there are probably who are held in higher esteem by the Western media and Western intellectuals than the Dalai Lama.  His cause is given much sympathy in the West, with numerous Hollywood celebrities and academics joining together to promote the independence of the mountain kingdom.  Having been a […]

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“Holy” Wars Across the Ages

In the modern era, there has always been much talk about wars which will “make the world safe for democracy,” or which will bring freedom to people in the far-flung corners of the globe. The art of combat, once the calling of the nobility such as the knights or the ksatriya, has been reduced to […]

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How Liberal Westerners Distort Buddhism

In societies which hold the individual as the focus of ideological progress, many people become excited at the idea of becoming “different” or more “original.” Westerners tend to cherish individuality to the point of rebellion, attempting to stand out and draw attention to themselves by their lifestyle, clothing, hairstyles, or adoptive cultural tendencies. In the […]

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Activism and modern “spirituality”

It is a known fact that there are many causes that are quite popular among the liberal bourgeoisie, who, in reality, have little understanding of the causes they are supporting.  In March of 2009, this especially came to be seen in Berekley, a city known for its liberal political views.  During that period, protesters gathered […]

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