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Jay Sakashita
Misfit Spirit // Regarding Satan, The Devil Is In Details
Poor Satan. He gets blamed for everything. He wasn’t present in the Garden of Eden (read Genesis 3 to see for yourself), yet he is...

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Misfit Spirit // A Hand In Understanding Mudras
Mudras are sacred hand gestures prominent in Buddhism and other religions. Just as we use hand gestures to express what’s in our hearts and minds,...

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Misfit Spirit // Noshing On The Food-Faith Connection
Our identity is tied to food. We define ourselves in part by the food we eat (raw fish, coagulated pig’s blood, taro paste) and by...

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Misfit Spirit // Differences In Christianities, Part 3
In previous columns, I tried to delineate some of the differences among the three major forms of Christianity: Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant. I conclude here...

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Misfit Spirit // Differences In Christianities, Part 2
As I mentioned in a previous column, there are differences among the major forms of Christianity. I usually can tell the Protestant Christians in my...

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Misfit Spirit // Differences In Christianities, Part I
The question comes up in one form or another in my MidWeek emails and in my religion classes: Are Catholics Christian? Yes, they are. Not...

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Misfit Spirit // And The Religious Awards Go To …
If there were religious equivalents to the Oscars or Grammy awards, Jesus would win the award for “Most Likely To Be Crucified.” The Buddha would...

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Misfit Spirit // The Serial Killers You’ll Meet In Heaven
I probably have the worst job when it comes to making small talk with people. I teach religion courses at Leeward Community College and UH-Manoa,...

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Misfit Spirit // Religions’ Ethical Double Standard
My wife is a pretend Buddhist. She claims to be Buddhist, but she doesn’t spend her days memorizing passages from any of the sutras. She...

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Misfit Spirit // The Place Of Mythology In Religion
Religious stories are myths. And, as such, they often are misunderstood and misused. In the study of religion, myths are not lies, but they are...

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Misfit Spirit // Self-help Tip: Question Authority
Seven Keys to Unlocking Your True Destiny: • You are destined to be happy and successful: Don’t let circumstances, situations or people tell you otherwise....

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Misfit Spirit // Conflicting Views On The Birth Of Jesus
Jesus is not the reason for the season. If anything, it’s just the opposite. The same holds true with the other religious holidays celebrated in...

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Misfit Spirit // Buddhism, Suffering And How You ‘See’
I find it odd how some people utilize the clothes they wear and the accessories they show off to promote their faith. They want others...

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Misfit Spirit // The Personal Effects Of Prayer
If curses worked, there would be a lot fewer drivers on the road. If prayers were effective, my students would pass my classes. If prayers...

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Misfit Spirit // The Uncertainty Of Buddhist Souls
Buddhist souls are a confused lot. They are not certain where to go or if they should even exist. There are the three characteristics of...

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Misfit Spirit // How Different Faiths Deal With Tragedy
The atomic bombs dropped on Japan in Au gust 1945 killed more than 200,000 people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Most were Japanese (foreigners also were...

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Misfit Spirit // Traditional Marriage — Which Kind?
It’s odd that there are still some people who seek to challenge same-sex marriage under the pretense of preserving traditional marriage. I oppose traditional marriage....

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Misfit Spirit // Journey Of Life And Rites Of Passage
I turned 50 this year, and when you look at my photograph, I know what you are thinking — wow, he’s still so sexy! Yes,...

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Misfit Spirit // Ofuda, Omamori, Faith And Magic
Omamori and ofuda are spiritual charms, talismans and amulets in the Japanese religious tradition that possess the power to ward off misfortune and procure good...

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Misfit Spirit // The Sin Of Teaching Intolerance To Keiki
In the religion department at UH-Manoa, we have T-shirts that read, “Sin Is Our Business.” But sin — wherever it is and in whatever form...

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