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My Journey of Conscience

The Joy of Having No (Versus Low) Expectations for the World

There are two kinds of expectations. One is a belief that something is likely to happen. The other is belief that something should happen: Someone should be able to achieve something or act in a particular way, or circumstances should unfold in a particular way. This second kind of expectation is what we’re referring to when we say [Read More...]

American Buddhist Perspective

Dharmapunx teacher Josh Korda on Buddhism, psychology, mindfulness, and his upcoming retreat

This month I had the pleasure of interviewing Josh Korda, a fascinating Buddhist teacher and human being who is bringing Buddhadharma out to the people through Dharmapunx in a way that is sure to be eye opening for those who are new to this particularly American brand of Buddhism. Let’s begin! ~ Thank you for taking [Read More...]

Off the Cushion

On Quitting Things (Including This Blog)

“The main thing I have done in the way of news since I last wrote was to quit the university… It’s a relief. I get disillusioned at a pace just short of geological, but I finally saw undeniably that, aside from my ‘reputation,’ the university had no use for me, and that, aside from the [Read More...]

Monkey Mind

On Being a Religious Liberal: A Small Meander Through the Fields of the Heart

I was corresponding with a Catholic priest about something or other, and almost as an aside he drilled down on what my theology was. I replied I’m a “liberal Buddhist,” a subset of “religious liberal.” He replied how he was confused how a political position is collapsed into a religious term. I replied it is [Read More...]

Wild Fox Zen

The Way of Tenderness: the Form and Emptiness of Race, Sexuality, and Gender

“Although my teachers taught us the absolute truths of Zen practice, they seemed to negate identity without considering the implications that identity can have for oppressed groups of people.” That’s Zenju Earthlyn Manuel from her new book, Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender.  This is an important book. Zenju has a powerful, deeply [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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