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The process of applying Buddhist practice to the many complexities of daily living has always been the focus of our successive leaders, and is one of the strengths of our community.
As Buddhism evolves in the West, we might consider how invested in the past the East has been, and how invested in the future the West has been: as they come together, we're finding ourselves … in the present moment.
Western Buddhism needs to develop to be viable and to be something to which knowledgeable people would willingly devote their lives and energy, as I have done for many years.
As long as we see concern for the well-being of others as admirable but optional, our progress in racial parity and all other important issues will be incremental.
When we encounter a poverty at the heart of our being, may we always recognize our ultimate existential context: that we always and everywhere live in the presence of the divine.
Prayer and meditation can include, especially in theistic traditions, expressing our difficult feelings toward and about God. God is not a china doll. He/she will not break.
What we each have before us is a day that encompasses everything that it is supposed to be. Regardless of the season, the beauty is present if only we open our eyes.
Mental states of happy and sad hold no significant difference when observed with impartiality (sam?nattat?).
Is there a way to wage a peaceful war founded in love, kindness, compassion, and equanimity?
"It's still early morning in Michigan, but I am absolutely determined to be the first bearer of bad news. I know what the top headline is going to be, and I also know that it's absolutely essential that I spare my parents the panic and fear of hearing this without knowing if I'm okay."
"When Ellen first left home for college, I tried not to panic that this would bring about the end of regular Sunday Mass attendance."
"Love Will Steer Me True" shows how a mother and daughter swerve and weave their way into a new understanding of themselves, of their familial relationship, and of their faith....
Ignorance is not clueless; it is insightful, but only partially so. Ignorance is to take part of the story and make it into the whole.
If religious art is to be a pointer to a religious experience, it must not be too captivating, must not tempt the viewer's eye to stick on the finger rather than continuing on to the moon....
There's a slow, steady progression across the eight chapters — from noise to silence; from paying attention to being with others.
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...]
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...]
“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...]
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...]
“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...]