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Walk Alone

This blog’s title, The Endless Further, comes from a phrase used by Rabindranath Tagore during a series of lectures at Manchester College, Oxford in 1930.  Tagore was a Bengali poet, philosopher, artist, playwright, composer and novelist. India’s first Nobel laureate. On this date 101 years ago, November 18, 1913, he wrote a letter to a [...]

Friendship Makes Grocery Shopping Fun For Our Whole Family

6 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

I used to dread grocery shopping. Even thinking about it made me want to run screaming. The fluorescent lights, the cold grey surfaces, and the utilitarian feel of the activity. I hated that I hated it, and hated that I couldn’t seem to feel any other way about it. read more

No More Secrets

We took our time getting to the issue of abuse in Buddhist sanghas—perhaps too long. In hindsight, I wish we had talked sooner. The post No More Secrets appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Our annual online auction launches Monday!

The Shambhala Sun Foundation's Eighth Annual Online Auction starts this coming Monday. You'll find 450+ great deals for yourself or to give as gifts. The post Our annual online auction launches Monday! appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Share Your Wisdom — and be in the Shambhala Sun

Calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh. Available in the Lion's Roar store.We’ve got a question for you: What’s the best thing that Buddhism has done for you? If you’ve got an answer, we want to hear it. So, tell us by sending an email to Show More Summary

Our Teachers Are Not Gods

Longtime practitioner and psychotherapist Rob Preece says even though as students we may be devoted to our teachers, we can't afford to idealize them anymore. The post Our Teachers Are Not Gods appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Confronting Abuse of Power

Recent headlines have revealed that spiritual communities, including Buddhist ones, are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse by male authority figures. The post Confronting Abuse of Power appeared first on Lion's Roar.

the buddhist theory of truth ~ dharmavidya

Dharmavidya writes: I was asked does Buddhism have a theory of truth and, if so, what is it? The quick...

Was Zen finally speaking to me?

Several years after World War II, my teacher studied with Hodo Tobase in San Francisco. Tobase was part of the Soto Mission from Japan. The name of the temple of the Soto mission was Sokoji. My teacher was a graduate...

A Review of Sam Harris’s new book "Waking Up: A guide to spirituality without religion"

A Few Words Upfront: I had Sam’s new book lounging around downlist on my Kindle when I read Chris Dierkes’s strident objection to The Great Sam in his Soul Interpreter blog. The (usually) Great NellaLou, who blogs Smiling Buddha Cabaret,...Show More Summary

Comics legend Peter Bagge, new to Shambhala Sun, wins prestigious fellowship

Peter Bagge illustrated Brad Warner's Shambhala Sun article, "A Punk Looks at Fifty"–and his work will also appear in our forthcoming January issue. The post Comics legend Peter Bagge, new to Shambhala Sun, wins prestigious fellowship appeared first on Lion's Roar.

An Invitation

It doesn’t matter if you don’t know whom you’re praying to, says Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel. The very act of asking for help allows the heart to open and invite the world in. The post An Invitation appeared first on Lion's Roar.

I am in the moment, now!

A lie taught in some Zen centers throughout the West is that Zen is about living in the here and now or just being mindful of the present or moment. With this, I envision some latter-day Zennist just living only...

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.

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