My Journey of ConscienceFrom the Individual to the Global Scale: Greed, Hatred and Ignorance Cause Suffering
For millennia, spiritual traditions have recognized that greed, hatred, and ignorance cause suffering in the human heart. Now it's time to recognize that greed, hatred, and ignorance inevitably cause suffering at whatever scale they manifest: individual, family, community, national, or global.For too long we have separated our values from our economic and political systems. Few of us would ever consider tormenting or stealing from our neighbor, or watching him suffer without lending a hand. And yet we think it's okay to allow injustice, inequality, and exploitation to be the outcome of our political and economic systems...
American Buddhist PerspectiveCollege Humor takes on Yoga – perfectly.
As the “mindfulness buzz” grows, along with its detractors, let us not forget the other mystical Eastern trend taking root in Western culture: yoga. This week College Humor takes on the contemporary yoga world by resurrecting Gandhi: As I wrote back when Portlandia did its meditation spoof, it’s funny because it is true (partially). Happy [Read More...]
Off the CushionWho Are My Heroes of 2014? Maybe You…
Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Heroes of 2014. Read other perspectives here. Here is the prompt we had to work with: “December will see an array of blockbuster movies to entertain during the holidays. Two of these, Exodus: Gods and Kings (releasing 12 December) and Unbroken (releasing 25 December), draw on big stories—one [Read More...]
Monkey MindDosho Port Receives Inka Shomei
I am honored to be able to announce that on the evening of January 23rd, 2015, in the ancient and ever renewed ceremony of Inka Shomei I passed on the Dharma as I received it from John Tarrant, who himself received it from Robert Aitken, who in turn received it from Koun Yamada, in continuing [Read More...]
Wild Fox ZenA Goose in a Bottle – How Will You Be Free?
“A woman raised a goose in a bottle. When the goose had grown, she wanted to get it out without harming the goose or breaking the bottle. How do you get the goose out of the bottle?” Koans, like this one from the Miscellaneous Series, are reflections of our lives as they are. Here we [Read More...]
As the Wheel TurnsA Zen Monk’s Letter to Adam Lanza
Dear Reader ————— What if you wrote a letter to Adam Lanza : what might you say ? Here’s one, from a young man who grew up at 22 Lake Road, Newtown, Connecticut. Born Douglas Bachman, he’s now a Buddhist monk, named Phap Luu, teaching applied ethics and the art of mindful living to students [Read More...]