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American Buddhist Perspective

Buddhist-Christian meditation in Zimbabwe

A few months ago I came across a remarkable writer from Zimbabwe. She found me through twitter and directed me to her site,, specifically her poem, Cherish the Present Moment, which concludes with these lines, wonderfully expressing a major part of the Buddha’s teachings: The present moment; Gives you all. It orders everything sweetly; Showering [Read More...]

My Journey of Conscience

Being Real Rather Than Happy

Sometimes I shock my students and the other people who come to my Zen center by suggesting our spiritual practice doesn’t change us or make us happy. People usually argue with me, which is a good sign, I guess. It means meditation and Zen practice is doing them some good. I certainly don’t deny that’s possible. [Read More...]

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Pir-O-Murshid Inayat Khan

Inayat Khan Rehmat Khan Pathan was born in Vadodara Gujarat on this day in 1882. He is more commonly known as Hazrat Inayat Khan, Hazrat being an honorific, and sometimes by the title Pir-O-Murshid, which could be understood as senior teacher and head of a Sufi order. Inayat Khan came from a family of poets [Read More...]

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