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Bushido: The awakening of Japan's modern identity

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Opinions are divided when it comes to Japan’s current Constitution, issued during the U.S. Occupation of 1945 -52: Is it an American imposition that unfairly refuses to recognize the nation as a “normal country” or a precious war-renouncing document that reflects Japan’s unique status as the only country to have ...

Black Illumination: Zen and the poetry of death

Jul 2, 2016

Black Illumination: Zen and the poetry of death

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On a winter morning in 1360, Zen master Kozan Ichikyo gathered together his pupils. Kozan, 77, told them that, upon his death, they should bury his body, perform no ceremony and hold no services in his memory. Sitting in the traditional Zen posture, he ...

Gary Snyder: Asia's heavy toll on nature

Jun 25, 2016

Gary Snyder: Asia's heavy toll on nature

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Enter the mind of American poet and scholar Gary Snyder and watch as time pulls back, perspectives shift and an epoch passes in a single blink. His newest book of prose, “The Great Clod,” is a series of essays on Asia’s ecological history, combining ...