| Aug 16, 2013

What being a minority allows us to see

by Amy Chavez

Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard it all before — many times. Someone called your child hafu (half) and you take offence. Or your contract is only one-year renewable, whereas your Japanese coworkers have “lifetime employment.” Or maybe someone called you a gaijin as you walked ...

| Jul 19, 2013

The influence of sports on meditation

by Amy Chavez

“Running meditation.” It’s almost a cliché. Many people describe their running activity as a form of meditation. There are even articles that will teach you “how to meditate while running.” The Tendai-shu monks of Mount Hiei in Kyoto do a walking meditation, called jogyozanmai ...

| Jun 8, 2013

Encouraging, not comparing, accomplishments

by Amy Chavez

Aging Japan. We hear this phrase all the time. The question is, what are they talking about — the infrastructure? The people? Four Roses whisky? Everything ultimately ages. Even newborns age. So perhaps to defy “aging Japan,” we need people who age younger, or ...

| Jun 1, 2013

Everyone's own path to enlightenment

by Amy Chavez

What is Buddhism? In Australia, Buddhism can be found in a cup of coffee. So waste no time and start your journey to awakening at Buddha Espresso, a cafe in Perth. If you haven’t reached enlightenment by the end of the cup, accept this ...