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Blog Profile / American Buddhist Perspective

Filed Under:Religion / Buddhism
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Archived Since:November 5, 2010

Blog Post Archive

The Dalai Lama, the Pope, and Jennifer Lawrence.

The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others. That action is the testimony of love as the practice of freedom. - bell hooks Natural, spontaneous acts of kindness [Read More...]

A request for contributions to “The Little Book of Buddhist Humor”

I’m happy to pass along this request for stories from the great Charles Prebish for an upcoming book he and John Negru are putting together: Dear Colleagues and Friends: John Negru (Karma Yonten Gyatso), publisher of Sumeru Books, and I are collecting a series of anecdotal stories for inclusion in a book we are editing [Read More...]

Moves to block China from the UN Human Rights Council

“All victims of human rights abuses should be able to look to the Human Rights Council as a forum and a springboard for action.” - Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, 12 March 2007, Opening of the 4th Human Rights Council Session “Lack of access to justice, the official impunity, the possibility of arbitrary detention….” These are [Read More...]

“AKONG a remarkable life” – an interview by Lisa Tully

Many of you may have heard about the recent and tragic death of the Tibetan master Akong Tulku Rinpoche. He set up many Dharma centres around the world where people could learn and practice the principles of Buddhism. In London, a group of filmmakers are in the process of making a documentary about him. They [Read More...]

RIP Lou Reed: meditator, student of Buddhist philosophy, and friend of Tibet

“Lou Reed was not a Buddhist” writes Rod Meade Sperry for Shambhala SunSpace. However, he did study meditation under Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and claimed to be a “student of Buddhist philosophy.” He was also a supporter of various causes, including the movement to free Tibet. Find out a bit more here (wiki) Meditating on the [Read More...]

Dealing with Pain during Meditation

In just two minutes, Ajahn Brahm tells us with clarity and compassion how to deal with pain during meditation: As he says, when the pain builds and builds, “It’s common sense: move.” Otherwise you end up like the guy with the double knee-replacement. I’ll note that there is plenty of wisdom in sitting through discomfort, [Read More...]

Roshi Joan Halifax is a National Geographic Traveler of the Year

The well-known American Roshi (Zen teacher) Joan Halifax is featured on the National Geographic Traveler website currently. For those who don’t know about Roshi Joan already, heave a look at her wiki page or the Upaya Institute and Zen Center, which she founded and currently leads. via National Geographic Traveler: THE HEALER In 1981, when [Read More...]

Buddhists in Pink, a look at nuns in Burma/Myanmar

The NY Times recently posted a video taking us briefly inside the world of female monastic life in contemporary Burma. Have a look: They report that, “Enrollment is rising at the Aung Thawada Nunnery School on the northern border of Yangon. The nuns, whose ages range from 9 to 94, join for a variety of [Read More...]

Reposting “Femicide” for the International Day of the Girl Child

This is a repost of an article written by Naga R Dhoopati last spring. Given that today is the UN International Day of the Girl Child, I felt it worthwhile to repost it in the hope that the educational message will spread further and wider, bringing a swifter end to atrocities committed against girls around the [Read More...]

Introducing the Middle Way Society, an interview with Robert M. Ellis

Today we’re interviewing Robert M. Ellis, a UK philosopher and formerly ordained Buddhist (in the FWBO, now TBC) about his new undertaking, the Middle Way Society. I have personally been in touch with Robert for a number of years now, having exchanged a few emails back when I began my PhD and moved to London [Read More...]

Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chöje Akong Rinpoche reportedly assassinated in China

The following comes from the facebook page of the Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Buddhist Centre: Comments and condolences are pouring in there, but no official report can be found at this time. Chengdu is situated in southwest China (the capital of Sichuan Provence) with an urban area population of over 14 million people. Born [Read More...]

Buddhism: religion or philosophy?

This is the question again, raised by the renowned philosopher Michael McGhee for the UK’s Guardian newspaper. The short article is set to be the start of a series on the topic, so we can look forward to further installments in the days to come. Today’s article rehearses some of the issues we’ve seen raised in [Read More...]

Zen in America, a Documentary – an interview with Adam K? Shin Tebbe

Adam K? Shin Tebbe is creating the documentary film Zen in America. My friend and fellow Patheos Blogger Danny Fisher discussed the documentary in a recent post at the start of Adam’s fundraising campaign on Kickstarter. Now over 90% funded, I recently took the opportunity to ask some questions of my own. Have a look at Danny [Read More...]

Happy World Teacher’s Day

It is hard to know where to begin when I think of all of the teachers who have made a positive impact on my life. I can still remember the names of all of my grade-school teachers: Ms. Sharp, Ms. Briggs, Mr. Rodriquez, Ms. Biggs, and Mr. Hanson, along with my music/windsurfing (windsurfing in Montana [Read More...]

Growing up in India and My Kolhapuri Chappal

Today would have been the 144th birthday of Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi. His principled stand for nonviolent solutions to injustice continue to inspire and instruct. I hope all of you can spend some time reading and pondering Gandhi’s words and actions. In addition to celebrating the life of the Great Soul, I am again sharing some [Read More...]

Threats to Mes Aynak as all foreign archeologists leave site

First, a bit of good news. Despite previous threats to shut down archeological work and begin the mass destruction of this ancient site, a planned Chinese copper mine has not begun its work. In February of this year archeologists were given just six months to complete their work, work that could go on for decades [Read More...]

Vipassana Meditation teacher and populariser S.N. Goenka passes away

The well-known global populariser of Vipassana meditation, S.N. (Satya Narayan) Goenka passed away last night in his home in Mumbai at the age of 89. I had the great fortune of seeing him speak in Montana around ten years ago and ever since then, his voice has been the one I hear when reading meditation instructions to [Read More...]

Buddhists of the World Unite

The Voice of America reported Wednesday that Buddhists recently met in New Delhi, India with the goal of forming an umbrella organization or voice for Buddhists around the world. In an interview with VOA Wednesday, Lama Lobzang said:...Show More Summary

Kant on God, part 1

“Looking at Western societies I think that if we have religion, we shall have to have religion without God, because belief in a personal God is becoming increasingly impossible for many people. It’s a difficult question actually to know what believing in a personal God is. I know that I don’t believe in one. I [Read More...]

Journal of Buddhist Ethics turns 20

This week the Journal of Buddhist Ethics announced its 20th anniversary edition, available for the very affordable price of: free. As Keown and Prebish write in their introduction to the issue, “It was always our intention that the journal should be a free and open resource serving the interests of the discipline rather than a privately [Read More...]

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