Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from American Buddhist Perspectives

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From all of us to all of you, many wishes of joy, peace, and happiness this holiday season. For many Americans and Europeans, the cultural trappings of Christmas make it a default holiday, even those who have long since given up believing in Santa and Christianity and Consumerism and all of the other things that make the holiday so... special. In my family this is a time for togetherness, and that tends to focus on the dining room table. Whether it's for meals, snacks, coffee, cards, or just te … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh, still in coma, is recalled across the globe

Bodhgaya december 2014

As Christmas and the New Year approach, and the darkest days come and pass, many people across the world continue to hold Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) in their hearts. The latest update from Plum Village, sent out last week, tells us that he is still in a coma but showing signs of wakefulness. The update continues, "There have been times when Thay had his eyes open for more than two hours, and is responsive, but he is not yet showing clear signs of communication." While all hope and energy is … [Read more...]

10 Steps to being a “Good” Convert Buddhist

This is a repost of a 2010 piece that was recently brought to my attention. Since work and travels have kept me away from the blog for a while and may do so for the coming weeks, I thought I'd share this again with some minor updates. And so here we go... ~ My thanks to Adam (of Home Brew Dharma) for pointing me to NellaLou at Smiling Buddhist Cabaret who has a great article (or should I say novella) today that begins by noting:Nathan at Dangerous Harvests wrote a post “Is Convert Buddhism … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh still stable and his “hemorrhage has slightly reduced in size”

Thich Nhat Hanh - Namovalokita 2013

We share again the latest from Plum Village on Thich Nhat Hanh's (Thay's) health.Plum Village November 30, 2014 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, As the Winter Retreat continues to unfold in all our practice centers in Europe and America, Thay’s condition in the hospital remains stable. Thay continues to rest peacefully with the ticking clock on his pillow, and we sense that he is relying on his deep a … [Read more...]

Superscholar.org introduces an Infographic on Eastern Philosophy

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Hmm... I almost put up scare quotes around 'Eastern Philosophy' - but then I thought I'd just put them up around 'Eastern' - and then just around 'Philosophy' - but perhaps each, separately, needed its own scare quotes. Then again, what exactly is an 'infographic'?Scare quotes and worries about definitions aside (do some research and decide for yourself what these words mean), I was sent this the other day and found it interesting and useful enough to warrant sharing. As an educator I think … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh: still stable but “sleeping more deeply and communicating less”

Thich Nhat Hanh - Avalokita chant

Plum Village has put out another update on Thay's health today. It is brief and reproduced in full here: Official AnnouncementRe: Thay’s current conditionPlum Village, 22 November, 2014To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends,The doctors have expressed surprise at Thay’s resilience and stability over the last week, as the intensive treatment continues. Thay’s blood pressure and pulse are stable, he is stil … [Read more...]

Another Lhabab Düchen in Bodhgaya

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The temperatures have cooled and life has slowed down significantly here in Bodhgaya over the last week or two. Last Friday was the last day for teaching I've since enjoyed a few days of grading, paperwork, catching up with people, and a general, relieved sense of laziness. On Thursday I went out for Lhabab Düchen, one of the most important days of the year in Tibetan Buddhism, and made my way to the Mahabodhi Temple.On that day it is said that one's good or bad deeds are multiplied by 10 mil … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh is in hospital and “full recovery may be possible”

Thich Nhat Hanh

See updates at bottom - or, for those who won't make it that far, Plum Village has posted a second official update including the following:In the early morning, Saturday, November 15, Thầy opened his eyes for the first time since his cerebral hemorrhage, to look at his attendants for a brief moment. He was very conscious and attentive to what was happening around him, lifting his left hand to touch the attendant next to him. Since then, he has also opened his eyes several times and his gest … [Read more...]


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