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My Journey of Conscience

Everyone Is on a Path Toward Greater Wisdom and Compassion

A friend of mine has a saying, “It takes all kinds of people to make the world go ‘round. Unfortunately.” Other people are the most challenging aspect of our lives, particularly when we strongly disagree with their views, choices and behaviors. The ideal of unconditional love and acceptance of all people can sometimes seem like [Read More...]

American Buddhist Perspective

Buddhist leaders: sign to raise awareness of the psychological, spiritual, and moral effects of climate change

The Resource Innovation Group (TRIG), a non-profit organization affiliated with the Sustainability Institute at Willamette University, has asked faith leaders to join a “Call to Action for U.S. and World Leaders to Proactively Address the Adverse Psychological and Social Impacts of Climate Disruption.” According to their website, “TRIG’s mission is to address the human causes, impacts, and solutions to complex [Read More...]

Off the Cushion

Who 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 Mind

Guifeng’s Five Styles of Zen, and Mine

I was talking with a friend about the mistakes we sometimes make in Zen, and I recalled something on the subject I’d read in the Three Pillars of Zen. When I found it I saw it was actually a reflection on Guifeng Zongmi’s (called Keiho Zenji for Great Master Keiho Shumitsu in the book) classification [Read More...]

Wild Fox Zen

Dogen Did Not Practice Shikantaza and Even Had a Gaining Idea

More bad news for the orthodox Soto position that Dogen was opposed to koan introspection in zazen. Modern scientific historical research supports what some of us who have experienced koan introspection and Dogen Zen have been saying for some time – Dogen offers wonderful teaching by example of how to engage the wild and rich [Read More...]

As the Wheel Turns

A 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...]

Faithfully Religionless: Timber Hawkeye at TEDxHonolulu 2012

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