Mindfulness, Buddhism, and Philosophy, for the love of language, and the limits of language

One of the highlights of the recent Mindfulness, MOOCs, and Money in Higher Education conference at Naropa University (March 18-21) was a small break-out session led by Carrie Bergman of The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. We were joined by two Naropa faculty, Susan Burggraf and Cynthia Kneen (who co-founded Naropa and happens to be a classically trained clown), an undergraduate independent scholar from Amherst College named Vivian Mac, and James Rhem, Executive Director of the Nat … [Read more...]

Mindfulness, MOOCs, and Money in Higher Education: or “how to overthrow the system”

Today was our first full day (of only two full days) at the Mindfulness, MOOCs, and Money conference held in Boulder, CO at Naropa University. And, as one should expect after 10 hours of workshops, conversations, and lectures, I am far from being done in terms of digesting the day. That said, some notes:The day began with an "Opening Gathering" where we explored some of the backgrounds and identities that we are bringing to the conference. In general, we were white, cis, and middle-class. … [Read more...]

Mindfulness, MOOCs, and Money in Higher Education

For the next three days I will be in Boulder CO at the Mindfulness, MOOCs, and Money in Higher Education conference hosted by Naropa University. Come say hello if you see me.Tonight we had the opening panel discussion, where a number of the questions facing us over the next few days were raised:What should education be, and how does contemplative thought/study fit in? How can contemplative educators engage in decisions being made in Higher Education? What do we/they have to offer? Ho … [Read more...]

Buddhism and Health: Illuminating the Spectrum of Therapies

A guest post by Pierce Salguero About two months ago, we began to notice a new presence on the streets of Philadelphia’s Chinatown. A cadre of volunteers in red and gold jackets was hitting the pavement, handing out fliers in English and Chinese to announce the arrival of a new organization called Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. Their glossy color fliers announce a “practical Buddhist approach to alleviating suffering and making life better.” Through the “effective and systematic” practices of sutra … [Read more...]

Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness, and Justice: A Buddhist Perspective with Jan Willis

The Shantideva Meditation Center of New York City has announced that Professor Jan Willis will offer a public talk and weekend teachings at Tibet House in the city.From the announcement:Friday, April 8 from 7 to 9pm Today's media stories reflect major divisions of race, class, faith, and gender in the United States. Amid concerns about institutionalized racism, the gap between the rich and poor, religious intolerance, and gender inequality, people are angry and c … [Read more...]

Exploring a new Buddhist America

Earlier this month we set out a home-work assignment of sorts for those interested in exploring more of the rich diversity in contemporary American Buddhism. That assignment was to get Diana Eck's 2001 book A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country" Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation and read/discuss the chapter on Buddhism.Eck begins this great book by drawing attention to a shift that has occurred in her lifetime as a baby-boomer: The religious landscape of Amer … [Read more...]

What is Buddhist Medicine?

By Pierce SalgueroRecently, I invited my Facebook friends to submit questions on the topic of Buddhism and medicine. I collated the questions together, and wrote the brief responses below….Is there such a thing as “Buddhist medicine”? Is medicine really something central to Buddhism? How did medicine influence Buddhism? Every Buddhist tradition of which I am aware has something to say about illness, health, and healing. An interest in the mind-body relationship and its relationship to … [Read more...]

Race Matters in Buddhist Communities

Editor's note: This is the second of two posts this week on race in American Buddhist communities. It occurred to me that both of our wonderful authors, Ann and Craig are both white, as am I, and as are most of my readers - at least the ones I've gotten to know over the years. So while I am very happy to see this conversation happening and growing, I want to see the discussion opening up across racial lines as Craig suggests here. I know Ann invited one African American colleague who could not co … [Read more...]