Our conceptions about what the Buddha taught are false insofar as we have not realized our true nature or Mind. I should add, that even our conceptions about true or perfect Mind are false. Yet, we believe that we can...
I am a feminist. And a Buddhist. If I were to make a Venn diagram of my identities these two would have a lot of overlap. read more
We’ve survived another Thanksgiving. read more
In my last blog (26 th Nov.) concerning the recent discoveries at Lumbini, I mentioned that not having read the archaeological report I was not really able to comment on it and that it might be best not to get too excited until the jury is in. Show More Summary
These days, the word “Zen” is all-too-easily deployed when some writers are looking to describe those whose detached concentration makes difficult feats look like a breeze. You often find such lazy labeling hastily stitched onto exceptional athletes. But once in a while, “Zen master” actually belongs in the headline. Meet Japanese baseball legend Tetsuharu Kawakami, [...]
William Blake once wrote, “The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” A good sentiment to keep in mind as we in the United States pause for Thanksgiving today. Appreciation for our many benefits, and as well, our sorrows, is an important, and often overlooked, element in the Buddhist attitude. Speaking of William Blake, today is […]
I ran across a number of articles on the Internet about a claim that scientists have confirmed the Buddha’s birthplace and discovered the earliest Buddhist shrine. This research, published in Antiquity Journal (accessible by subscription or pay per view only) may be significant. However the headlines are a bit misleading. It is widely held that […]
A little more on the raft parable -- I occasionally bump into someone saying the raft parable tells us we can ignore dharma teachings as we like, because we're supposed to ditch them, anyway. This is an un-serious interpretation, seems to me.... Read Full Post
Q: How many eggs does a Frenchman eat? read more
From author and contemplative photographer Andy Karr comes this latest “Seeing Fresh” contemplative photo selection, submitted by [username] kswillmann. Andy’s comment: “There is something striking about this almost monotone image, with its undecipherable train of rusty shapes, and the old chain link fence along one edge. You wouldn’t think this scene would be the basis [...]
The New Yorker’s new video talk with Sakyong Mipham (we shared it on Facebook last week), touches on running as meditation — a love of his, and the subject of his book Running With the Mind of Meditation. Watch the video here. And for more, see his article “Running Into Meditation,” as published in the [...]
I have mentioned this several times before, but just practicing will not help anyone to awaken to their Buddha-nature. Practice is what you do after you’ve awakened. It is like first finding a vein of gold then digging it out....
Most of you probably know the Buddha's raft simile -- that the dharma is like a raft that you can abandon once you are on the other shore. Recently I decided to check out exactly where the raft story originated.... Read Full Post
You will have heard the news. Archaeologists say they have discovered evidence suggesting that Buddhism may be at least 100 years or more older than has been previously thought. This will be not just an interesting but also an important piece of evidence – if it can be verified. Show More Summary
A team of archeologists have found the remains of what might have been a Buddhist shrine in Lumbini, Nepal -- thought to be the birthplace of the Buddha -- that dates to 550 BCE. If this is accurate, it pushes the time of the life of the Buddha back a century or so.... Read Full Post
Most of us spend a lot of our lives tensed up in fear, or pushing against fear. read more
Could there be a link between meditation practice and the shifting of corporate concerns to align with the greater good? Can coaching based on introspection and meditation programs delivered in the business world impact the probability to act in a socially responsible way? read more
Archaeologists have located what some are saying is “the world’s earliest Buddhist shrine,” found beneath the Maya Devi Temple in Nepal. It dates to 550 BC. What that means, in part, is that the dates of the Buddha’s lifetime must be reconsidered, being that it’s been common to place his birth in the third century [...]
What does avidya or ignorance mean in the context of the 12-nidânas (links). Well, that is an interesting question. Buddhists are all familiar with the 12-nidânas beginning with ignorance, followed by karmic impressions (samskâra), consciousness, subject-object, the sense organs, sense...
Agence France-Presse : Evidence of a previously unknown wooden structure unearthed at the Buddha’s birthplace suggests the sage might have lived in the 6th century BC, two centuries earlier than thought, archaeologists said Monday. 'This...Show More Summary