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"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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]