Monthly Archives: February 2012

Learning, Teaching and Enlightenment

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To work in a university with a group of experienced professors and a group of enthusiastic undergraduate and graduate students is an tremendous privilege and a pleasure. Those who choose education as a profession take on a great responsibility and … Continue reading

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Empathy, Omoiyari and Social Intelligence

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At the university today we spent quite some time talking and thinking about multiple intelligences, and in particular social intelligence, feelings and emotions, and PSHE. These are some interesting paragraphs from a book on Japanese culture and character written by … Continue reading

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The Zen of Onsen; Waters of Wellbeing.

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“Arima Spa in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture is one of the oldest and best hot spring spa in Japan. Arima hot springs are natural ones that have been used since ancient times. Arima hot springs are rare worldwide ones containing … Continue reading

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Happiness Is Infinite

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  Regular readers of this blog will know of our interest in human happiness and wellbeing, especially since our political leaders began to talk about ‘the happiness agenda’. On the train coming back to Koshien following the visit to Kyoto … Continue reading

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Visit to Kyoto; Zen Temples

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In spite of the dull weather, this first visit to Kyoto, for one of us at least, was inspirational. This is a selection of photographs taken with a Canon EOS 550D. …….. To be a Zen Buddhist, we need awareness. … Continue reading

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The Essence of Zen, and a Trip to Kyoto

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A train trip to Kyoto and back again in the course of a dull, cloudy, cold day with occasional showers. Not very easy travelling on an unfamiliar railway system, but well worth the effort to visit three quite different temples … Continue reading

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Japan, Intelligences and Leaders of Learning

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It’s a joy to be back in Japan, even though the temperatures in the Osaka region (which is on the same line of latitude as North Africa) are currently six or seven degrees colder than England and its summery 16C. … Continue reading

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