In supporting same-sex marriage, Buddhists are #1 (sort of)

buddhists and unitarian universalists at a gay pride parade

Today the Supreme Court heard arguments about gay marriage, and so, in a timely update on the climate of same-sex marriage acceptance across religions, the Public Religion Research Institute posted an article last week creatively titled Attitudes on Same-sex Marriage by Religious Affiliation and Denominational Family.The outcome of the study was that, "The most supportive major religious groups are Buddhists (84 percent), Jews (77 percent), and Americans who select “Other religion” (75 percen … [Read more...]

12 Buddhist Organizations Working in Nepal

Young Tibetan boy monks in traditional robes, pose for a photo, tea break, Sakya Lamdre, side room, Tharlam Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal (photo by flickr user Wonderlane, C.C.)

Devastation continues in Nepal where the death toll from Saturday's quake is now over 4000. That number is expected to rise as aftershocks rock already damaged buildings (a friend in Kathmandu reported another one less than an hour ago as of 11 a.m. MST) and information comes in from the many remote villages affected by the quake. "Some of the initial surveys that we're hearing of from the zones closer to the epicenter talk about total or near total destruction," said Jeremy Konyndyk, director … [Read more...]

(UPDATED) 5 Ways to Help victims of the Nepal Earthquake

Nepali Woman I, Kathmandu

(UPDATED, Sunday, April 26, 10 a.m. MST):For extensive coverage of the updates from Buddhist leaders and monasteries in the area, see the Lion's Roar article here. The death toll now stands at over 2400 as aftershocks hit throughout the country and will surely climb as ever more remote areas are surveyed. Continued offerings of prayers, meditations, transferences of merit, etc are still no doubt deeply welcomed. Some commenters have asked for a more "Buddhist" organization to donate … [Read more...]

David Suzuki, Force of Nature (reposted for Earth Day)

David Suzuki and the Dalai Lama at the Environmental Summit 2013 Portland Oregon (photo by Colleen Benelli flickr C.C.)

In 1.5 of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle observes that there are three types of life thought to be happy: the life of enjoyment, the political life, and the life of contemplation.  The life of enjoyment is a hedonistic life focused on conventional pleasures. The political life is the life of a states- person. It may aim at despotic power, or be lived for the sake of winning public honors, but in its most proper form its aim is the exercise of moral virtue and political and practical wisdom in … [Read more...]

Žižek points us to the dark side of Buddhism, again

Screenshot from Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter ... and Spring

This week The Guardian published a selection of short essays titled, "I watch therefore I am: seven movies that teach us key philosophy lessons." The newspaper deserves great praise for bringing together a wonderful variety of philosophers to draw our attention to the moral and epistemological issues in films. Greats like Julian Baggini, who I had the fortune of seeing with Owen Flanagan and Tim Lott last spring (video), Christine Korsgaard, an exemplary Kant scholar and philosopher in her own r … [Read more...]

Buddhists: Sit for $15, fighting for higher minimum wage

Interdependence Project - sit for 15-2

In major cities across the country today activists rose up (and sat) to protest our countries unfair minimum wages.In L.A. 1000+ protesters chanted "We want 15" or "Sí se puede" as they followed a marching band around a McDonalds. Hundreds more gathered in Berkeley (photos) and across the Bay Area:These were part of a nation-wide "Fight for 15" campaign seeking higher minimum wages as well as rights to unionize. As the Washington Post states, "Their success would increase family in … [Read more...]

Dan Harris on mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhism

Dan Harris Speaks at Google about his book "10% Happier," meditation, and Buddhism.

While mindfulness and meditation have taken off in the popular media in the last couple of years, it has been a while since I've seen a celebrity openly acknowledging a conversion to Buddhism. But this week in a CNN article, ABC anchorman Dan Harris does just that, writing:If you had told me as recently as a few years ago that I'd ever become a Buddhist -- never mind that I might even admit to it publicly -- I would have coughed my beer up through my nose.I was raised by secular … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh is home at Plum Village following his November stroke and rehab

Thich Nhat Hanh in Paris, 2006

Following on from a series of ever-improving health updates, Plum Village announced today that Thay has continued to heal, spending time outdoors in recent weeks and this week returning to his hermitage at Plum Village:Thay expressed his clear wish to return home, and arrived on Friday April 3, in time to enjoy the beautiful magnolia blossoms and the first spring leaves as they unfurl. We are all very glad that Thay can come back to his spiritual home, where his devoted team of monastic at … [Read more...]


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