A glimpse of Buddhism in Obama’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton

You'll see Secretary Clinton walking with President Obama and the abbot of Wat Pho monastery in Bangkok, Thailand at about 55 seconds in. The image is from a 2012 tour of Asia by the President and Secretary of State. As the picture flashes on the screen, President Obama discusses his his and Clinton's "pursuit of diplomacy in capitals around the world."While it would be easy to make too big a deal of it - it is, after all, just one second in a three-minute video - it is still worth remarking … [Read more...]

A politics of fear, not hope

Editors' Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Faith and the Election. Read other perspectives here.Politicians, more than anyone else, have the power to appeal either to our fears or our better natures.This year there are still three major politicians in the race for the US Presidency: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump. I was an early (early) supporter of Clinton, who, from the very start was "anointed" by Democratic party insiders. She served … [Read more...]

Slipping Support for Sanders, Buddhists turn to Trump, Stein, and Johnson in latest reader poll

Citing a recent survey of anonymous superdelegates, the AP last night said that Clinton has what is needed to win the Democratic nomination. I've seen the outrage (Glenn Greenwald is always a good read). I've also seen that this has, sort of, happened before. And what next? Former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton and current Sanders supporter, Robert Reich, has some advice.But that is getting ahead of ourselves a bit. First, results from this month's reader (self-selected, online, … [Read more...]

Buddhist Political Preferences Poll Extended to June 5

With just over 200 responses thus far, this month's Buddhist Political Preferences online poll is already shaping up to be quite interesting.Some notes thus far: it seems to be the most equally balanced in the age ranges so far. There is still an overwhelming over-representation of white/Caucasian identified Buddhists as well as males and those identifying as converts and sympathizers as opposed to "cradle" Buddhists (those raised by a Buddhist family). While it's likely that no particular … [Read more...]

Zen Buddhist teacher Dogen: “The Greatest Philosopher You’ve Never Heard Of”

Writing for NPR today, Adam Frank introduces us to Eihei Dōgen. Dōgen was a thirteenth century Japanese Buddhist thinker and founder of Sōtō Zen. And Frank is an astrophysicist teaching at the University of Rochester. Why would a 21st century astrophysicist be praising a long-dead Japanese guy as a "philosopher"?As Frank writes, "it doesn't do much good imagining that Europe cornered the market on creative thinking about being human." He, like me, my friend Amod Lele, and a lot of other fol … [Read more...]

Buddhist Political Affiliations and the 2016 US Presidential Race (Reader Poll)

Another end-of-the-month, and another sampling of Buddhist political leanings for the 2016 US Presidential race.This month's poll has been updated with Nichiren as a choice for Buddhist type/school and, for the first time, has only one Republican choice. It has been kindly brought to my attention that results of the poll should be taken with a grain, or lump, of salt. This is not a random sampling, which itself is imperfect for understanding a population, but is an online survey, which … [Read more...]

The Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness: 8 Helpful Tips

A guest post from Janet Miller You don’t have to be a Buddhist (or a hippy) to practice mindfulness, and you don’t have to spend hours sitting on the floor in meditation. Practicing mindfulness is simply bringing awareness to yourself and your existence. By practicing mindfulness in your life, you can feel more focused, less stressed, and more happy. Here are eight ways to introduce mindfulness into your life.1. Mindful BreathingThe breath is a common object of meditation, and a grea … [Read more...]

On Modern Mindfulness, Buddhism, and Social Ethics

There is much about mindfulness being published these days: studies, meta-studies, mega-studies, maha-megha-studies (bad Buddhist studies joke). And then there are the opinion pieces; "We're all doomed. Mindfulness? Humph!"As I mentioned in my introduction to Doug Smith's recent article here, what we are seeing is the growth of a discussion, a dialogue. And as with many early discussions with disparate parties, it can sound a bit "noisy", and sometimes well-meaning people who are quite close … [Read more...]


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