An overview of the Four Noble Truths from the point of view of a Soto Zen Buddhist practitioner, Saido Kennaway, at Telford Buddhist Priory. Buddhist teachings show you a way of practice, to become liberated from greed hate and delusion and in this very moment realise, Bright Buddha Nature. Show More Summary
A Life Reminder for Troubled Times from Mugo on Vimeo. Advice for hill walkers: Watch where you’re putting your feet. Alfred Wainwright. And good advice for everybody else who might be feeling a bit unsteady given the interesting times we are going through in Britain and Europe, and the rest of the world actually. Show More Summary
I can only speak for myself, and I am pretty good at doing that. Like many of us, I am quite accomplished at weaving my own narrative. The internet has broken down many - if not most - of our collaborative cultural tapestry-narratives by giving each of us the ability to craft and share our own, which gives us agency to pull at the loose threads of the big one. read more
Here is a short video recorded after walking up Great Gable.
Most people are ordinary, a few are extraordinarily bad and a few are extraordinarily good. Bindeshwar Pathak is one of the latter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCecQrh8AZo
There were Buddhist cultures that flourished for centuries and not only disappeared but left almost nothing beh i nd and are scarcely known today, if at all. One of them was in Gilgit, and if you don’t know where Gilgit is look it up on Wikipedia. Show More Summary
Can Zen koans and dialogues be put under the category of nonsense? Thanks to a recent lecture I listened to on YouTube by Dr. Raymond Moody about nonsense (he plans on publishing a book on the subject), it is my...
Not long ago, I saw this great video of Dick Van Dyke dancing up a storm at the age of 89. I was impressed and when I noticed the other night that he was going to be on the Tavis Smiley show, I tuned in. He’s currently promoting a new book, Keep Moving: And Other …
Back in the 80s, I was interested in fiction in large part because I was interested in writing fiction. An author that snagged my attention at that time was T. Coraghessan Boyle. I liked that he was crazy with an intimidating vocabulary...Show More Summary
I was honoured to interview director Brent E. Huffman recently about his important new film Saving Mes Aynak, which documents the struggle to protect a Buddhist archaeological site in Afghanistan from destruction by a Fortune 500 mining company. Show More Summary
Understanding “No Self” Hey, Y’all! This is not a blogpost. Rather, it is just/merely a temporary notice that will be up for a period of seven days before I delete it. I’ve determined that my next Prog Bud blogpost, which will go upShow More Summary
On Election Day, I was doing a practice of mudita, appreciative or empathetic joy. Like in metta practice, you choose a neutral person, a loved one, and an irritating person. In this case, you look to feel happiness in their happiness, taking joy in their joy. For my irritating person, I chose a politician, not one whose election would bring me joy. read more
“Only a person who is congenitally self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays.” - E.B. White read more
School and university terms will be starting soon. There are many challenges for people of all ages throughout life. For...
As I mentioned in a past post, I was one of the speakers at this year’s Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention 2014, which was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center this past Saturday. (As regular readers may remember, I wrote a special report for this blog about the Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention 2013. You can…
Is your meditation practice a drag? Is life getting in the way of loving kindness? Has it been a rough week, or just a rough lifetime? read more
Thanks to the ever-eagle-eyed Sam DeWitt for pointing out this New Jersey Lottery commercial, which makes odd references to both Tibet and a “Zen guru” — whatever that is:
By habit, I am a fast walker. When I'm on the sidewalk, I usually behave as though I'm in a hurry. I can utterly destroy a pair of work boots within six months. read more
She went to Bhutan for “the amazing scenery, to meet people I didn’t know much about and to discover a new culture,” says musician Imogen Heap — and sure enough, all of this has come into play in her new music. In this behind-the-scenes clip behind the making of two new songs and their videos, […]
A number of interesting birthdays today: Ann Wilson, of the rock group Heart, in 1951; actresses Kathleen Turner (1949) and Phylicia Rashad (1948); Salman Rushdie, author of Satanic Verses, 1947. Also born on this day, in 1935, Tommy Devito, guitarist with the Four Seasons. I see where the film version of the play Jersey Boys, [...]