A Pothole Analogy Applied to the Peace of Mind

Nobo Komagata PA7H.org October 25, 2016; Correction: April 30, 2017 For many years, I was wondering about the way potholes were made on the surface of the road. Once I realized that this kind of question can be answered easily through the Internet search, this question became a non-issue. However, I also realized that potholes … Continue reading A Pothole Analogy Applied to the Peace of Mind

Concerns about McMindfulness

Nobo Komagata PA7H.org April 18, 2017 (First written: December 2, 2016) Mindfulness is everywhere, from spiritual and medical facilities to workplace, military, prison, and school. While I am not against the fact that more people are becoming aware of the benefits of mindfulness, I am deeply concerned about some aspects of the proliferation. One of … Continue reading Concerns about McMindfulness

My Not-So-Mainstream Position about (High School) Education

Nobo Komagata March 25, 2018 (minor correction/revision on August 23, 2018) Goal I would like to live in a peaceful world. I guess (almost) everyone, including children, would like too. Unfortunately, we, adults, have failed to build such a world (need evidence?). No wonder, many children and young adults do not aspire to live in … Continue reading My Not-So-Mainstream Position about (High School) Education

Periodontal Home Care: Dr. Katayama’s Holistic Approach to Gum Diseases

Nobo Komagata PA7H.org April 24, 2017; Minor correction/revision: December 4, 2017 »»» Dedicated to Dr. Tsuneo Katayama (1910 - 2006) ««« Introduction One of the most common reasons for adults to lose teeth is gum diseases. In fact, the majority of adults must have experienced some forms of gum diseases. To deal with the condition, … Continue reading Periodontal Home Care: Dr. Katayama’s Holistic Approach to Gum Diseases

Why Don’t We Start from Students’ Problems?

Nobo Komagata PA7H.org March 24, 2017 (slightly edited: May 19, 2019) »»» This essay is dedicated to some HMS teachers who do their best. ««« I am against a lot of things (of course, not everything) that are happening at the Hunter Middle School (HMS), a pseudonym for the middle school where my daughter goes. … Continue reading Why Don’t We Start from Students’ Problems?

Right Mindfulness through Diagrams: Experimentation beyond Bare Attention

Nobo Komagata insi2.org December 30, 2015 (First written: October 22, 2014) Introduction Many of us who practice mindfulness meditation would no doubt appreciate its benefits. For example, we may be less irritated/angry, able to tolerate creepy creatures, or increasingly more comfortable with thinking about our own deaths. Each one of us must be able to … Continue reading Right Mindfulness through Diagrams: Experimentation beyond Bare Attention

Education as a “Buying” Process: Contrasting with the Conventional, “Selling” View of Education

Nobo Komagata PA7H.org October 8, 2016 (First written: January 10, 2014) A lot of discussion on education focus on what and how to teach. To “sell” their teaching materials and methods, teachers often become salespeople. But unless the buyer is interested in their products, salespeople are simply ineffective. This seems exactly what is happening in … Continue reading Education as a “Buying” Process: Contrasting with the Conventional, “Selling” View of Education