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Deathfugue

Most of you will read this tomorrow, but as I write, it is still January 27, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. In actuality, Auschwitz was a network of camps – concentration camps built to hold and torture political prisoners, trade unionists, others whom the Nazi’s had no use for, [...]

Standing on the vestibule

Speaking for an average person, what are some practical things that Buddhism or Zen Buddhism can do? We can imagine that it can help us deal with the day to day stress in our lives teaching us how to cope,...

Zen Mountain Monastery abbot steps down

On Sunday, January 25th, Ryushin Sensei stepped down as abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery after it became known that he had been committing adultery for the previous six months. The post Zen Mountain Monastery abbot steps down appeared first on Lion's Roar.

The real world is external?

Dr. Henry Kissinger once wrote: "the West is deeply committed to the notion that the real world is external to the observer, that knowledge consists of recording and classifying data—the more accurately the better." This as anyone can see is...

Gurus I Have Met III, Walpola Rahula

Venerable Walpola Rahula could not be properly described as a guru, he was more an academic and most of the teaching he did was in universities to fellow academics. He was however, probably the most well-known monk in Sri Lanka and even...Show More Summary

The Folly of the Weather Forecast

Not knowing the future helps Pico Iyer keep his hyperactive mind at bay. Then, whether it snows tomorrow or dawns radiant, every moment is a happy surprise. The post The Folly of the Weather Forecast appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Oneness?

Oneness? Let’s be honest, we are already one with our illusory psychophysical body and its suffering which, over time, will only become worse as we age. Again, we are already one with the illusory external world which confronts us o...

The Need to Win and Flight from Shadow

Later this week (Jan. 31) we can celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton. I wrote about Merton last year at this time, and I began that post by explaining that he was a “Trappist monk considered a major spiritual thinker of the 20th century. Author of more than 60 books, he [...]

The emptiness of representational thinking

The idea of emptiness is really about putting an end to representational thinking—it is not some kind of Buddhist essence. In this regard, emptiness can never be turned into a doctrine because it is, itself, inane. It is important t...

Does Buddhism Need Men?

3 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

As a practitioner of Buddhism, I don’t think about myself in terms of gender. I try to cut through such concepts and rest in the true condition of unborn and unceasing luminous emptiness, the ground of being. -- Lama Tsultrim Allione read more

Students for a Free Tibet flag important issue

On January 14th, Students for a Free Tibet launched the #TibetFlagChallenge. The post Students for a Free Tibet flag important issue appeared first on Lion's Roar.

An Olive Branch to host Buddhist ethics webinar

Starting January 27, An Olive Branch will host a free series of webinars, titled “Ethics in American Buddhist Groups.” The post An Olive Branch to host Buddhist ethics webinar appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Major changes for Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism announced

In December His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin announced major changes for the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism's approach to leadership. The post Major changes for Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism announced appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Wirathu’s latest comment is just a drop in the bucket

Burmese monk Wirathu made worldwide headlines earlier this week for a disparaging comment he'd made about a U.N. human-rights envoy. The post Wirathu’s latest comment is just a drop in the bucket appeared first on Lion's Roar.

The Authentic Dhammapada

What did the Buddha actually teach? Well, the ancient texts are pretty clear. Not only do they communicate the Buddha’s vision, but they present it using different words and from different perspectives dozens, sometimes scores, occasionally hundreds of times. Show More Summary

The World as Satire?

You can’t make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you’re doing is recording it. – Art Buchwald I’ve been laid up all week with a sore knee – actually, sore is not the word for it, more like pain to the nth degree – and as a result, haven’t done much [...]

Michael Grady to retire from Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

Michael Grady has recently finalized a decision to retire from the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. The post Michael Grady to retire from Cambridge Insight Meditation Center appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Tara, the First Feminist

Since becoming ordained four decades ago, Lama Tsultrim Allione has faced her share of challenges and sexism. The post Tara, the First Feminist appeared first on Lion's Roar.

The Ninja And The Warrior

5 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

In this photo, my dog, Margaux, (pictured with my son), is the warrior. In this photo, my son, the ninja, is also the warrior. Beyond the frame of this photo, my husband, my daughter, my other dog, Claude, are, and I am, the warrior. In life, we are all the warrior. read more

Free event on women, Buddhism, and social justice at NYU

On February 3, The Mindfulness Project and The Center for Multicultural Education and Programs will present a discussion, on women, Buddhism, and social justice at NYU. The post Free event on women, Buddhism, and social justice at NYU appeared first on Lion's Roar.

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