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Don QuixoteDon Quixote, the beloved itinerant knight.

List of recommended reference books and commentary articles on "Don Quixote" - The world's greatest novel is still interesting! The more you know about it, the more you enjoy its charm!

Don Quixote" is interesting! There is no doubt about this.

And it is not only interesting, but its depth is also extraordinary. It has been loved by great people all over the world.

To enjoy "Don Quixote" even more, this article introduces recommended books!

IndiaBuddhist Columns & Dharma Talks

⒄Buddha's powerful rival, the Rokushigedo" - Indian freethinkers who rejected Brahmanism and advocated a new ideology.

In this article, I will discuss six thinkers who became powerful rivals of the Buddha, the Six Master Gaido. The Six Master Gaido refers to the most influential thinkers among the emerging "samon" thinkers who rejected the Brahmanical worldview of the time. It is very important to know the thought of the Six Masters and the Six Exoteric Doctrines in order to understand the Buddha's thought. By comparing with them, we can see Buddha's uniqueness.

FlorenceThe Italian Renaissance and the Revolution of Knowledge

List of recommended reference books to learn about Florence - A profound world of art, history, and literature, including da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Dante.

In our previous article, we recommended reference books for learning about Rome, Italy, and in this article, we will recommend books about Florence.

Ferenze is a city of flowers where the works of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and other unspoken masters continue to fascinate people from all over the world.

However, it is surprisingly difficult to understand the history of Florence and how art flourished in this city.

We may know the term "Renaissance art," but when it comes to the actual nature of this art, what was the background of the period in which it reached its golden age?

The more you know about Florence, the more interesting it is! We hope you will find this article useful.

Recommended Sightseeing Spots in RomeThe Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, the Vatican, and Roman Catholicism

List of Recommended Reference Books on Rome - History, Culture, Religion, and Art! A list of great books that will make Rome more interesting!

In the previous article, "Monks' Recommendation: 15 Sightseeing Spots in Rome! From the Royal Road to Maniacal Churches, Taste the Ultimate in Beauty" introduced the recommended spots in Rome, and in this article, we will introduce a recommended reference and guidebook to enjoy Rome even more.

Please refer to each link for a more detailed discussion of the book.

Rome is so deep. It is like a bottomless swamp that the more you know about it, the more you become addicted to it. I, too, have become completely obsessed with this Roman wanderlust.

I hope this article has been helpful to you.

Recommended Sightseeing Spots in RomeTravels in Rome" - Charms of the Theater City of Rome and Pilgrimage to Bernini

15 recommended sightseeing spots in Rome unique to monks! Taste the best of beauty from royal to maniacal churches

In this article I will introduce some of my favorite places to visit in Rome.

In this article, we will introduce not only famous churches such as St. Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum, but also maniac churches that are not often visited by tourists.

Rome is indeed a wonderful city. However, there is a trap of having too much to see and do. We hope that our blog posts will be of help to you.

Dostoevsky's JourneyDostoevsky and His Wife's Fateful Journey: Travels in Western Europe of Madness and Love

Takahiro Ueda, "Dostoevsky and His Wife's Fateful Journey: A Western European Journey of Madness and Love" List of Articles - Please use this list as a table of contents.

This article is a collection of 30 articles from my European travelogue, "Dostoevsky, Fateful Journey with His Wife: Travels in Western Europe of Madness and Love".

I like Dostoevsky. But above all, I love "Dostoevsky with Mrs. Anna. I would be very happy if the journey of these two men could be seen by as many people as possible.

Walt Disney: A Life of Creation and AdventureDreamland Disneyland Research

Bob Thomas, "Walt Disney: A Life of Creation and Adventure" - Official Biography of Walt Disney! Biography of Walt as a Bible

This book is an authorized Walt Disney biography by the Disney Company.

Mickey Mouse made his debut in 1928 with Steamboat Willie. This book is a recommended biography to learn about the extraordinary life of its creator, Walt Disney.

Bob Thomas' biography is an easy read as an introduction because it is written rather neatly and also explains the good side of Walt and his accomplishments in an easy-to-understand manner.

I highly recommend this book to Disney fans. It will definitely make you fall in love with Disney even more. Why don't you pick up a copy?

The Holy Land of DisneylandDreamland Disneyland Research

Masako Notoji, "Disneyland, the Holy Land" - A highly recommended book with an exciting perspective on Disney as a sacred place of faith and pilgrimage!

本作は「聖地」「信仰」「文化」という側面からディズニーを見ていく点にその特色があります。僧侶である私にとってこれは非常に興味深いテーマであります。

はっきり申しましょう。「この本はものすごく面白いです・・・!」

新書でこれだけのことがまとめられているというのはかなり奇跡です。これほどの本にはなかなかお目にかかれません。ディズニーファンだけではなく、文化や宗教に関心のある方にもぜひおすすめしたいです。

蜘蛛の糸Yukio Mishima and Japanese Literature

Ryunosuke Akutagawa's "The Spider's Thread" Synopsis and Impressions - A famous short story, famous as a Buddhist fairy tale! A thread of salvation hung in hell!

『蜘蛛の糸』は芥川龍之介が初めて書いた児童向け文学で、仏教説話としても有名な名作短編です。私も僧侶という仕事柄、この『蜘蛛の糸』のお話を法話や仏教書で見聞きすることは数多くありますが、このお話はお寺関係という枠を超えて日本人全体に親しまれてきた作品ではないでしょうか。

そして本書巻末解説では『蜘蛛の糸』制作についての詳しい解説が説かれていたのですが、これが私にとってかなりの驚きでした。簡単に要点をまとめると、⑴『蜘蛛の糸』が元々仏教由来なのかどうかはわからないということ、⑵この作品がドストエフスキーやトルストイとも関係があるという2点があげられます。この記事ではこのことについても詳しく見ていきます。