Category Archives: India

The Monk and the Monkey

Journey to the West, by Wu Cheng’en, translated and edited by Anthony C. Yu – This classic of Chinese literature, first published in the sixteenth century, is quite loosely based on the real-life pilgrimage of the seventh-century Buddhist monk Xuanzang … Continue reading

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Something to Get Off My Chess

It was almost certainly Through the Looking-Glass, which used a game of chess as its background, that got me interested in the game. I soon found, however, that actually playing the game could get a bit tedious. So I know … Continue reading

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I Play Some Pachinko, I Play Pachisi

One of the books I’m currently reading is something called Board and Table Games from Many Civilizations, which Beth actually gave me several years ago. A fair amount of it simply explains the rules of the various games, which doesn’t … Continue reading

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This Buddha Was Made for Enlightenin’

It’s pretty well known that the founder of the Buddhist faith was a guy named Siddhartha Gautama, but how much do we really know about him? Well, not too much for sure. As with many figures known mostly for religious … Continue reading

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