Monthly Archives: June 2015

6 calorie bow?

 As I continue to try to learn bowing, I stumbled across this KBS show promoting the health benefits of bowing.  I commented to my Korean friend that my waist is smaller since starting the bowing, and he countered that monks … Continue reading

Posted in Korean, Learning | Tagged | Leave a comment

New England Peace Pagoda

The New England Peace Pagoda is a peace pagoda located in Leverett, Massachusetts. The structure was built under the guidance of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist monks. This order was founded by Nichidatsu Fujii, who was deeply affected by the bombing of … Continue reading

Posted in Learning, Nature | Tagged | Leave a comment

Namhansanseong Fortress (남한산성)

Namhansan Mountain, located 24 km Southeast from Seoul, is famous for being very beautiful all throughout the year. In the spring, the acacia trees grow thick, in the summer the green forest covers the entire mountain, and in the fall, many … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Friends, Korean, Nature | Leave a comment

108 Korean Buddhist Bows

As I learn more about bows (배), I’m told the three bows a Buddhist makes as he enters a temple are – to the Buddha (불타) – to the teachings (dharma, 달마) – to the community (sangha, 교단)

Posted in Korean, Learning | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Hanja for Cimi: 川 brook, 江 river

川 brook 천, 江 river 강

Posted in Korean, Learning | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Handwriting and Drawing as an adult

This is a ramble about how I am learning handwriting and drawing after passing my half century mark. Learning Korean means learning Hangul, the Korean alphabet.  Like a kid, I worked with lined paper and practiced my letters.  I gained … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Korean, Learning | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Tool for Handwriting Practice: Hanzi Grids

Hanzi Grids is a website that allows you to make PDF files for practicing your handwriting.  There is a one-time cost of AUD $10 (about $8 USD) to become a subscriber.  It can handle both Korean and Chinese letters.   … Continue reading

Posted in Korean, Learning | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Doing something

“There is a world of difference between reading about something and doing something.” – Zen Master Jan Chozen Bays MD, Great Vow Zen Monastery I have read about Zen, but that isn’t the same as doing.  On the other hand, my … Continue reading

Quote | Posted on by | Leave a comment

Hanja for Cimi: 手 hand 손

The Korean word for hand is 손 (son). Hand 扌is a radical in Chinese that is used in many other words.  The Chinese character for hand is 手. 手 hand 손   As I continue to work on my Chinese handwriting, … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Korean, Learning | Tagged | Leave a comment

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Posted in Art, Nature | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Korean Bows

Practitioners of the Kwan Um School of Zen bow every morning.  The Cambridge Zen Center in Massachusetts was founded by students of Zen Master Seung Sahn, the first Korean Zen master to teach in the west.   Beginners to Zen practice can … Continue reading

Posted in Korean, Learning | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Seon Poem: Mosquito

Mosquito Without knowing you were born a weakling You drink too much blood and can’t take to the sky By all means, don’t covet other people’s precious things Later on, you’ll certainly have to repay in full From KoreanBuddhism.net Jogye Order … Continue reading

Posted in Korean, Poetry | Tagged | Leave a comment