Ethics in American Buddhist Groups: Free Webinars

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Starting tomorrow, January 27, An Olive Branch will offer free online seminars "to increase awareness and adoption of ethics statements within Buddhist communities in the U.S."  They continue: The scope of the term “ethics” includes all aspects of ethical behavior such as student-teacher relationships, handling money, and power dynamics. “Buddhist communities” includes all schools and traditions practicing in the U.S.Each webinar will be presented by a prominent teacher, practitioner, or exp … [Read more...]

Meditate and Relate, Trans*Buddhist Google Hangout

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The following is an announcement from the Trans*Buddhist Online Sangha:For trans* and gender non-conforming people who have a connection with Buddhist practiceWe will start with meditation, followed by an opportunity to get to know each other and discuss our experiences.Sunday, Feb. 8 6:30pm *Eastern time* - join us for a 30 minute sit. You can log onto our "Trans*buddhists" group on the Insight Timer App, if you have it, as we support each other in practice in this virtual way. … [Read more...]

Studying Philosophy or Religion? Two articles you should read and share today

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As winter break wraps up and spring semester starts at colleges and universities across the country, more than a few students out there will be reconsidering their choice of majors, or at least dabbling in fun and interesting classes outside their department. While a number of classes may come highly recommended, two courses that really must be taken by any student today are an Introduction to World Religions and an introductory Philosophy course, which come under many names:"World … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from American Buddhist Perspectives

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From all of us to all of you, many wishes of joy, peace, and happiness this holiday season. For many Americans and Europeans, the cultural trappings of Christmas make it a default holiday, even those who have long since given up believing in Santa and Christianity and Consumerism and all of the other things that make the holiday so... special. In my family this is a time for togetherness, and that tends to focus on the dining room table. Whether it's for meals, snacks, coffee, cards, or just te … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh, still in coma, is recalled across the globe

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As Christmas and the New Year approach, and the darkest days come and pass, many people across the world continue to hold Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) in their hearts. The latest update from Plum Village, sent out last week, tells us that he is still in a coma but showing signs of wakefulness. The update continues, "There have been times when Thay had his eyes open for more than two hours, and is responsive, but he is not yet showing clear signs of communication." While all hope and energy is … [Read more...]

10 Steps to being a “Good” Convert Buddhist

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This is a repost of a 2010 piece that was recently brought to my attention. Since work and travels have kept me away from the blog for a while and may do so for the coming weeks, I thought I'd share this again with some minor updates. And so here we go... ~ My thanks to Adam (of Home Brew Dharma) for pointing me to NellaLou at Smiling Buddhist Cabaret who has a great article (or should I say novella) today that begins by noting:Nathan at Dangerous Harvests wrote a post “Is Convert Buddhism … [Read more...]

Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace: NY City, beginning Sept 21

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For readers in or near the New York City area, here is a great opportunity to learn about and participate in a ceremony with a growing global Buddhist community. I had the privilege of interviewing the head of Shinnyo-en, Her Holiness Shinso Ito, last May. And my friend Danny Fisher points us to the more recent Religion and Ethics Newsweekly coverage of last year's lantern floating. Below is taken from their press release announcing this year's event. On Sunday, Sept. 21, Shinnyo-en, the … [Read more...]

Trans*Buddhism, an interview with the creators of transbuddhists.org

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I am honored this month to share an interview with the creators of transbuddhists.org and a guide to trans*competence (links below). Please read on and visit their website to find out more about how you can make Buddhism more inclusive.Who counts as "trans*" and why is it important for Buddhists today to understand the term?We use trans* ("trans" or "trans-star") as an umbrella term to describe anyone who's had an experience of their internal understanding of their gender not matching the … [Read more...]


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