How colour blinds: A Burmese-Canadian-Buddhist on the many tones of belongingness.

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Today I am very happy to share the work of a dear friend and colleague, Lynette Monteiro. This continues our series of expanding perspectives on race and diversity in American Buddhism alongside Secundra Beasley's "Among the Sangha...", “Crossing the Great Divides in U.S. Buddhism” by Mushim (Patricia) Ikeda, last Wednesday’s (forthcoming) book excerpt from Lama Choyin Rangdrol, “African American Buddhism…” an interview discussing emerging voices in the Western Buddhist world, the Tibetan Feminis … [Read more...]

Among the Sangha: An African American Buddhist in the Zendo

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Today I am again honored to share another wonderful guest post in our ongoing series of expanding perspectives on race and diversity in American Buddhism. Recent posts include yesterday’s "Crossing the Great Divides in U.S. Buddhism" by Mushim (Patricia) Ikeda, Wednesday's (forthcoming) book excerpt from Lama Choyin Rangdrol, “African American Buddhism…” an interview discussing emerging voices in the Western Buddhist world, the Tibetan Feminist Collective, and two excellent academic pieces that s … [Read more...]

Crossing the Great Divides in U.S. Buddhism

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Today I am again very honored to share a guest post in our ongoing series of expanding perspectives on race and diversity in American Buddhism. Recent posts include yesterday's (forthcoming) book excerpt from Lama Choyin Rangdrol, "African American Buddhism..." an interview discussing an emerging and wonderful voice -several voices, in fact- in the Western Buddhist world, the Tibetan Feminist Collective, and two excellent academic pieces that started things off: “Race Matters…” and “The Dukkha of … [Read more...]

The Tibetan Feminist Collective: an interview with co-founder Tenzin Pelkyi

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Last month I shared two wonderful guest posts by researchers looking into race in American Buddhism ("Race Matters..." and "The Dukkha of Racism..."). I also noted the change, which occurred early in 2015, of the blog's title from the singular "American Buddhist Perspective" to plural "Perspectives" in recognition that more perspectives than my own were being shared here and as an aspiration that this growth and diversity continues to flourish. Today I'm honored to share an interview that has be … [Read more...]

Race Matters in Buddhist Communities

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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...]

Mindfulness: the single most impactful aspect of Buddhism in America

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In an intriguing recent lecture, scholar of Western Buddhism Jeff Wilson makes the claim that mindfulness is, in fact, Buddhism's largest single impact on North America. The evidence is more than compelling: from books by Congressman Tim Ryan (A Mindful Nation) and Google's "Jolly Good Fellow" Chade-Meng Tan (Search Inside Yourself) - shown meeting President Obama - to news reports in nearly every major media outlet and new movements to get mindfulness practice into schools, medicine, police … [Read more...]

The Santa Claus Sutra, Christmas becomes Buddhist (Video)

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Christmas is less than a week away now, and if Star Wars mania doesn't completely eclipse the popular winter holiday, we'll all be left with the usual yearly questions like "Happy Holiday" or "Merry Christmas"? Or "to tree or not to tree..."Or,"why are all these pagan festivities being practiced by Christians this time of year, anyway?"How about one more question: Could Christmas become a genuine Buddhist holiday?I concluded my university class on Buddhism last week by talking about ways … [Read more...]

Buddha in the Classroom: A little Zen for the Workplace

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Subtitled: “Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers,” this is a book filled with much more than just “Zen” wisdom and it will surely inspire pretty much anyone who reads it. “The Burned-Out Professor.” To be fair, some of my appreciation for the book is purely selfish: the book feels like it was written specifically for me. The author, Donna Quesada, is a philosophy professor in California, a Buddhist, a yoga instructor, a connoisseur of world-wisdom, and a watcher of a good movies. She tells us t … [Read more...]


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