What is Soto Zen?

From the Soto Zen Buddhist Association. ( Bolding is all me though)

What is Soto Zen? Soto Zen was developed in the ninth century by the Chinese Monks Tozan (Ch. Dongshan) and Sozan (Ch. Caoshan), the first syllables of their names making up the subsequent name of the school. It stressed doing meditation without a goal, as everyone is already inherently enlightened. Seated, silent meditation is an expression of this.

Soto Zen Buddhism is distinguished by its focus on the down-to-earth practice of “everyday zen.” It encourages awareness of the workings of one’s own mind as a means of living mindfully in all areas of daily life – at home, at work and in the community.

In his “Instructions for the Cook,” Dogen taught that cooking and caring for other people were as important as sitting zazen and chanting sutras.

Soto Zen is for those who want to practice Zen in everything they do. In coming face to face with their life in all its aspects, they come to know themselves and find their relationship to all other things. They learn to be truly here and to serve in all ways.

You can find a center near you, if you’re intrigued, on the Soto Zen Buddhist Association website.

Men, Experience Menstruation. Now!

There are so many times I’ve wished the pain and suffering I get every month on one of my male pals. Now, due to the genius or perhaps insanity (I really mean that statement, take a look at this project) of Royal College of Art student Hiromi Ozaki, I no longer have to wish.

Ozaki has developed a wearable metal suit, dubbed the Menstruation Machine, that allows a boy to experience the “pain and bleeding” of an average 5 day menstruation.

The machine is outfitted with a reservoir system that releases blood and lower-abdomen-stimulating electrodes (Yes! The cramps! The cramps! Give them the cramps!) that gives the wearer the experience of menstrual cramps.

Check out the machine in this catchy little music video for it.

In the video, a boy named Takashi has built the machine in an attempt to dress up as a female “biologically as well as aesthetically.”

The Japanese Tradition: Apologizing

Lord knows, I’ve written about all types of things that have to do with saving face. Now you can see how the Japanese do it.

FYI, if you haven’t figured it out yet this video is a satire. Check out another video from the comedy duo who created this one, called “The Japanese Tradition: Origami,” beneath the fold.

To find more of these vids search for “The Japanese Tradition” or search for “Rahmens,” which is the name of the masterminds behind the videos. Continue reading