Monthly Archives: April 2017


Your Name, a film by Makato Shinkai, based on his novel.  With Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryo Narita. I’ve been reading Kobun Chino’s commentary on the Song of Awakening, and the day before I saw this film read the following passage: “When the body of all the buddhas penetrates my nature there is interpenetration and fusion.  My … Continue reading What’s

The Paradox of Desire

The 10,000 pages of the Pali Canon  (Most of which I haven’t read) I have spoken before of an Amazon reviewer that I stumbled across some years ago, a woman named Laurie from New Zealand who writes wonderfully informed and opinionated reviews.  Most of them are favorable[1], but occasionally she gets puckish, especially with contemporary … Continue reading The Paradox of Desire

Old Corn-Drinking Mellifluous

Absalom, Absalom! By William Faulkner.  315 pp.  $15.95 I’m obsessed with the subject of telling stories.  I’ve spoken before about how all stories are false, or all stories true; they are, in any case, human fabrications, which may have little to do with what actually happened.  We love them nevertheless.  Human beings tell each other … Continue reading Old Corn-Drinking Mellifluous