This account of a trip through Asia (Japan, Indonesia, India, Nepal), the Mediterranean (Turkey, Greece), and a bit of Europe as well is intended to document both the experience itself and the person perceiving it. I don’t know if I have an “awakening” mind but whatever comes up seems both essential and poignant for an appreciation of “things as they are” (as the Soto Zen founder, Dôgen, wrote some 10 centuries ago). Whether anyone reads these posts is beside the point. They will keep me focused and attentive, key perceptions at the start of a six-month trip.
The reason I can do a trip of this length is thanks to a sabbatical year at the University of San Francisco, where I am a professor in the department of Theology and Religious Studies. My background is cultural anthropology, the society and religions of Japan and East Asia, and increasingly an emphasis on the dynamic interaction of religion and globalization. I’m also an avid outdoor person, as many hikes and climbs will attest in these pages.
Thank you for tuning in!