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American Buddhist Perspective

Trans*Buddhism, an interview with the creators of

I am honored this month to share an interview with the creators of and a guide to trans*competence (links below). Please read on and visit their website to find out more about how you can make Buddhism more inclusive. Who counts as “trans*” and why is it important for Buddhists today to understand the term? We use trans* [Read More...]

Off the Cushion

A Roundabout Defense of the “Mandala Form” for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s National Gathering

That’s the title of my latest post for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s Turning Wheel Media, as well as one of my recent talks for the recent Eco-Dharma Conference & Retreat at the Wonderwell Mounatin Refuge in Springfield, NH. Here’s a snippet: Those participating in the environmental movement — and, by extension, the Eco-Dharma movement — have a [Read More...]

Monkey Mind

Teddy Gets a Ride

I read on Wikipedia that it was on this day in 1902 that Theodore Roosevelt was the first president of the United States to take a ride in an automobile. Digging a bit deeper I see that in fact that honor goes to William McKinley, who took his ride in a Stanley Steamer in 1900. [Read More...]

Wild Fox Zen

Thirty Years a Zen Priest

Thirty years ago today, Nonin (front), Dokai (middle), and I went under with shukke tokudo with Katagiri Roshi. One of the most important days of my life, to be sure. I’ve written a few pieces about all this Zen priest business over the years. “What the Heck is a Zen Priest?” and “Hanging Out with [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...]

Loving the Journey

#Patheos5Yrs: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Today is the 5th anniversary of the official launch of Patheos. Congratulations! It really is something to celebrate, because it is very difficult to start a website today and have it grow to the size and impact that Patheos has. Here's my story of how Patheos has impacted my life.

Faithfully Religionless: Timber Hawkeye at TEDxHonolulu 2012