American Buddhist PerspectiveMerry Christmas and Happy Holidays from American Buddhist Perspectives
From all of us to all of you, many wishes of joy, peace, and happiness this holiday season. For many Americans and Europeans, the cultural trappings of Christmas make it a default holiday, even those who have long since given up believing in Santa and Christianity and Consumerism and all of the other things that make the [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 MindHappy Birthday, Bob!
According to the good folk at Wikipedia the very first record of a Christmas celebration took place in Rome on this day in 336. While it is past unlikely Jesus was born on this date, one of the heroes of my youth Robert Ripley was, in 1890. His cartoons occupied my imagination throughout my childhood, [Read More...]
Wild Fox ZenA Review of Kaz Tanahashi’s “The Heart Sutra: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism”
Kaz Tanahashi’s new book is a treasure trove of Heart Sutra material, delightfully diverse and quietly quirky. I read the book enthusiastically in one day – an unusual thing for me (I usually like to go slow with dharma books) – and was energized by the experience. Kaz is an unassuming man who’s long been an [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...]
Loving the JourneyAncestor Remembrance Project: I Remember
I remember you Dad. I remember your courage and strength to handle whatever was tossed your way, I remember the love you showed to your family, and I remember your smile. You are loved and missed.