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The Future of Faith: Eastern Religions

What happens when Eastern religions engage Western culture, traditions, and norms? In this special series, Buddhists, Daoists, Jains, Sikhs, and Hindus consider the future of Eastern religious traditions in the American context. 

American Buddhist Perspective

In Japanese “Most Handsome Monk Contest”, a female meditation teacher wins

Yesterday an organization in Japan held its second annual “Most Handsome Monk Contest” in Tokyo. One participant chopped through 10 cement blocks as part of the talent round. Another monk, a DJ, presented a mock radio program for the audience. But Koyu Osawa, the first ever female participant, won over the audience by leading them through [Read More...]

My Journey of Conscience

Slackin’ Off in the Summertime: Cycles of Spiritual Practice

I’ve come to trust the cycles of practice. I know that sometimes I’ll be on fire for the Dharma – acutely aware of the impermanence of life and willing to devote time and energy to meditation and study. I also know that, at other times, I’ll be caught up in enjoying my life and… well… practice? [Read More...]

Monkey Mind

Reading Stephen Batchelor’s After Buddhism

The book opens with two quotes. The first from the Buddha himself. “The dharma is clearly visible, immediate, inviting, uplifting, to be personally sensed by the wise.” Paired with it is one from the ninth century Chan master Linji. “The dharma of the buddhas has no special undertakings. Just act ordinarily, without trying to do [Read More...]

Bodhisattva Road

All Training Is On The Job

I’ve learned something important since I started leading the Zen group at the Rime Center. I’ve been reading about Zen philosophy and history for a long time. Studying this subject dominates my free time. I don’t know why, but I am one to get really excited about reading a Zen text, even reading the [Read More...]

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