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...]

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...]

100 Arrested in India in pro-Tibet Rally

Tibet Flag

Today is the 56th anniversary of the March 10, 1959 start of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese occupation.  The history around that day is outlined below, but first, in today's news the Associated Press (via MB and BBC World News) reports that:Indian police have detained about 100 Tibetans who were protesting outside the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi on the anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against China’s rule in Tibet. Protesters interlocked their hands and tried to form a chain aro … [Read more...]

Buddhist leaders: sign to raise awareness of the psychological, spiritual, and moral effects of climate change

Actions have Consequences - Buddhists march for climate change awareness

The Resource Innovation Group (TRIG), a non-profit organization affiliated with the Sustainability Institute at Willamette University, has asked faith leaders to join a “Call to Action for U.S. and World Leaders to Proactively Address the Adverse Psychological and Social Impacts of Climate Disruption.” According to their website, "TRIG's mission is to address the human causes, impacts, and solutions to complex socio-economic-ecological challenges, with a special emphasis on climate change. By a … [Read more...]

Intersections of Gender, Identity, and Buddhism: an interview with LGBTIQ meditation teacher La Sarmiento

La Sarmiento LGBTIQ Buddhist teacher

Today I am delighted to introduce readers to La Sarmiento, a long time Vipassana meditator and teacher who will be co-leading a retreat at the Garrison Institute called “Embodying Presence in Our Lives: A Mindfulness Meditation Weekend for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer Communities”  in April along with fellow teachers Madeline Klyne, Eric Kolvig, PhD, and Jacoby Ballard.Many thanks to Sam Mowe of the Garrison Institute for connecting us and to La for taking the time … [Read more...]


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