American Buddhist PerspectiveAjahn Brahm’s Gender Equality in Buddhism petition nears 5000 signatures
As per a request on twitter, I’m reposting this with the hopes of driving the petition over 5000 (it needs just 239 more as of now): In May, Ajahn Brahm, one of the world’s best known Theravadin monks, was scheduled to give a talk on gender equality (and lack thereof) in Buddhism in Vietnam at [Read More...]
Off the CushionA 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 MindPreachers of Love
September 30th is a big day in American Universalist history. Elhanan Winchester was born in Brookline, MA (apparently in those days Brookline was called Muddy River Village…) on this day in 1751. And, John Murray was born in Alton, Hampshire (not New Hampshire) in England on this day in 1741. Murray is a particular favorite [Read More...]
Wild Fox ZenTwelve Points for Zen Practice
The Buddha’s great discovery can be realized in this life. The Buddha’s great discovery is extraordinarily subtle and powerful. Zazen and Buddha’s enlightenment are in intimate relationship. Wholehearted zazen is a necessary condition for its rediscovery. A necessary condition for realized zazen practice is that it is undertaken with the [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 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.