5 Lessons from the Nepal Earthquake for the Japan and Ecuador Disasters

A Year After the Earthquake, Nepal Is a Man-Made Disaster.This is the headline today at the Huffington Post at least. The news from PRI isn't much better: One year after Nepal's devastating earthquake, much of the country is still in ruins. And this CNN video concludes with a quote from residents saying that "they don't think their country will ever be the same again."When I wrote about the Nepal earthquake a year ago, I listed 5 Ways to Help victims, with a link to Global Giving … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, George Takei – American Buddhist, Actor, Author, Activist

Today is George Takei's 79th birthday.In honor of the occasion; and perhaps in horor of the latest Trump primary victory, we revisit George Takei's remarks about growing up with Japanese heritage in the xenophobic period around WW II. He is celebrating his birthday at Seattle's Key Arena advocating for "We Day" celebrating youth engaged in volunteer work. Follow him and see video from this morning in Seattle on facebook.(December 10, 2015)Ever since Donald Trump proposed a ban on … [Read more...]

Letting identity arise unimpeded: Buddhism confronting racism

A guest post by Lama Justin von Bujdoss (Repa Dorje Odzer)On April 22nd the 2nd Race and Buddhism Conference will be held at Harvard Divinity School. This is a unique gathering of academics, dharma teachers and activists meeting to explore how engaged responses to the problems of racism within the dharma world can be developed, as well as how dharma can be a response to heal the pain and suffering that racism creates in a more general sense. On a personal level, this much needed conference … [Read more...]

Universities are facing an “intellectual crisis”

Speaking at the annual conference of the European Universities Association in Galway, Irish President Michael D. Higgins made remarks that should reverberate around the world and through the mouths and policy statements of educators and policy makers everywhere.On the disconnect between policy makers and education today, Higgins said (emphasis added): I suggest that at the present moment in Europe and far beyond it, insofar as policy makers focus attention on education policy, they tend to … [Read more...]

Mindfulness and Self-Care: Why Should I Care?

A guest post by Edwin Ng with Ron PurserEditor's note: this is the second in a two-part series by Edwin Ng and Ron Purser, part one can be found at the Huffington Post here.Part One considered the current hype surrounding workplace mindfulness against the dubious history of management science. Part Two here considers the use of critical mindfulness in experiments with ethical self-care.Though we are skeptical about celebratory claims, we actually do hope that mindfulness might bec … [Read more...]

Mutuality at the Limits of Race – A Buddhist Perspective

A guest post by Doshin Nathan Woods “A Black Man is a person who must ride ‘Jim Crow’ in Georgia…”--W.E.B Du Bois As I walked to the Zendo the helicopters droned distantly overhead.  The muffled announcement reverberating through the neighborhood: “White or Hispanic male….wearing a white t-shirt…..”  Indistinct, my attention turned to the matter at hand, where, upon stepping into the Zendo, I was about my business:  “Hi, excuse me, sorry to interrupt, but the Zendo is closed right now, woul … [Read more...]

As North Carolina backslides on LGBT rights, we revisit our interview with the creators of transbuddhists.org

In spite of the many advances made in recent years in the United States and around the world toward greater awareness and acceptance of the variety of genders and sexual orientations and expressions in the human species, there will always be setbacks. One such setback was seen in North Carolina this week, where the most anti-LGBT law in the U.S. has been passed. A backlash of businesses, politicians, rights groups, individuals, and more have already spoken out. For our part, we'll remind o … [Read more...]

Building Bridges of Loving-kindness: Mongolia’s Rich History and Culture of Buddhism

A guest post by Michael Fouts, Executive Director of the Grand Maitreya Project West In today’s world the majority of new construction projects and monuments are created with a commercial interest in mind. There seems to be fewer symbols of love and peace being created these days, especially in the west. With the current state of the world and the real need for peace on Earth, creating more universal symbols of love and peace seems to be more important than ever before.In 1924 Mongolia b … [Read more...]


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