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Orchid From The North - Part 5

Edward Moreno

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Orchid From The North - Part 4

Edward Moreno

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Orchid from the North - Part 3

Edward Moreno

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Orchid from the North - Part 2

Edward Moreno

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Orchid from the North - Part 1

Edward Moreno


Chasing Śākyamuni - Part 4 of 4

Edward Moreno

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Chasing Śākyamuni - Part 3 of 4

Edward Moreno

Read Part 2 >> Bringing Zen Home —This book took root, Arai says, on December 18, 1996, the day my mother died. After months of listening to the whir of the oxygen machine, a vacuum of silence filled her bedroom. Even though I had known she would die, when I stood ...

Chasing Śākyamuni - Part 2 of 4

Edward Moreno

Read Part 1 >> Arai’s circuitous route to find the Buddha began at Kalamazoo, a “Christian-centered college,” where her major interest became Ethics. Coming from a church “very culturally activist, very concerned about social issues,” college was wonderful for the friendships, but disquieting for the practice of “Christianity” among those ...

Chasing Śākyamuni - Part 1 of 4

Edward Moreno

In the beginning…


Edward Moreno

Every time the Center [East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center] had a big celebration, but especially at the Installation ceremonies, she would tell me, her lovely eyes wide open:

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o2gawara is a retired broadcaster whose love for the Japanese culture he shares through several venues besides Discover Nikkei.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japanese ancient/modern history

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