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Watering it down

It is difficult for me to buy watered down views of Zen Buddhism such as, Zen is about living in the moment, that is, the here and the now, or that Zen is about maintaining a stillness and awareness of...

Behaving our way to enlightenment

One cannot, so to speak, behave their way to enlightenment in the example of trying to suppress thoughts or concepts. This includes trying to live in the moment or just sitting, doing zazen. Such attempts are ways of behaving. This....

The rise of irreligion in Buddhism

There are any number of self-proclaimed atheists in Buddhism many of whom are Westerners. The idea of atheism should be the non-belief in a demiurge, that is, a creator god. Our universe may not require a creator. At the highest...

"Happiness" on Independent Lens.

Independent Lens is an excellent PBS program that has often covered Buddhist topics. I had the opportunity to watch an advanced-screening copy of the documentary, "Happiness." The show depicts the arrival of television to a remote Bhutanese village.The film unravels the stunning beauty of Bhutan to behold. Show More Summary

EPISODE #8: “Ajahn Brahm and the Struggle for Gender Equality in the Sangha”

This week, it’s our exclusive audio interview with Ajahn Brahm, abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery. We discuss the reaction to the ordination of a group of Therav?da nuns at his temple, as well as his call for gender equality in Buddhism that was banned from the United Nations Day of Vesak 2014. In addition, Karuna Buddhist Vihara…

Twenty-six Tibetan nuns expelled from nunnery

Photo, "Tibetan Buddhist Nun praying, Tharlam Monastery Porch, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal," by Wonderlane.Twenty-six nuns have been expelled from their nunnery in eastern Tibet. According to a release from the Dra-Sog-Drisum Association–a...Show More Summary

Master Kok Kwong, head of the Buddhist Association of Hong Kong, dies

Sik Kok Kwong, head of the Buddhist Association of Hong Kong, died on Monday at the age of 95. The post Master Kok Kwong, head of the Buddhist Association of Hong Kong, dies appeared first on Lion's Roar.

If It Sounds Too Good to Be True…

When we pray, says Mark Unno, it’s important not to get caught up in magical thinking or to become attached to specific outcomes. Just praying is enough. The post If It Sounds Too Good to Be True… appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Thich Nhat Hanh health update: Doctors cautiously optimistic

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village community has issued an update on the 88-year-old Zen teacher’s health after a brain hemorrhage last week. It begins: “Th?y is now in a hospital with a highly reputable neurologist monitoring his progress. Show More Summary

The Paradox of Prayer

Prayer is alive and well in Western Zen, says Jan Chozen Bays, even as it challenges us to make sense of what we’re doing. The post The Paradox of Prayer appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Accepting Death Doesn't Deny Grief

5 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

Accepting the inevitability of death is woven throughout the Buddha's teachings. So why are Buddhists so upset at the news that Thich Nhat Hanh may be near death? read more

The trace of the number seven

The blue-green colors in this image are attractive, but the trace of the number seven, and the subtle, textured shapes around it seal the deal. The post The trace of the number seven appeared first on Lion's Roar.

10 Terrible Motivations for Giving a Gift

5 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

InterACTS project: Share Your Story: "Waking Up to Interdependence" Buying gifts for the people in your life is, obviously, an entire branch of science unto itself. What you’re communicating with your choice of gift is going to be either intentionally or unintentionally heartwarming or frustrating. Show More Summary

Thanks to Yoko

Everyone, it seemed, liked to tell Lisa Carver what she couldn’t do: it wasn’t proper, it wasn’t art, it wasn’t done. But Zen koans and Yoko Ono—now eighty—turned all that upside down. The post Thanks to Yoko appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Suffering is His Gift of Non-fear

Most of you are probably aware by now that Thich Nhat Hanh, the great Vietnamese Zen teacher, is in the hospital. His monastery, Plum Village in southern France, announced that he had a brain hemorrhage on November 11th. Thay, as he is affectionately called by his followers, has been unwell for some time. A reliable [...]

Put your hands together

Do you pray? Does prayer have a place in Buddhism? That’s the question Buddhadharma addressed in its current issue, “Why Do Buddhists Pray?” The post Put your hands together appeared first on Lion's Roar.

“The Oldest Boy” premieres at Lincoln Center Theater

"The Oldest Boy," a play about a family whose son is identified as the reincarnation of a high Buddhist lama, premiered at Lincoln Center Theater last week The post “The Oldest Boy” premieres at Lincoln Center Theater appeared first on Lion's Roar.

What I Want to Do When My Daughter Hits Me

What I immediately think about doing when my daughter hits me, and what I do, are vastly different in their mind-states, energy, and lasting effects on both of us. read more

Two different paths

At times, the Buddha’s discourses in the Pali Nikayas seem to beg simplification. Yesterday, I had one of those simplification moments while going on my daily walk admiring the autumn scenery (around here it looks like a Hallmark greeting card)....

Dharma Connect: Prayers for Thich Nhat Hanh

The rumor began swirling around the Internet that beloved and loving teacher Thich Nhat Hanh had died. Then it was said that he was in a coma. Soon his closest student, Sister Chan Khong, clarified that he is alive, in the hospital but "OK." read more

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