Book Review: “The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender”

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THIS IS A BOOK THAT CAN TEACH US ALL.These words grace the back cover of The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality and Gender.And Tanya McGinnity of Full Contact Enlightenment put it equally well when she wrote:"This book by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel is essential reading for all Buddhists. Essential."Both statements are absolutely true.As are the several lines of advanced praise in the book's opening pages, from American Buddhist greats including Jan Willis, author … [Read more...]

The Karmapa is coming to America

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His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, head of the 900 year-old Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, will begin his 3rd US tour beginning in less than two weeks. His first stop will be at Stanford University on March 17th, where he will talk about "Caring Connections: Compassion, Technology and the Environment." This talk is sold out according to the tour website, but openings may become available and there is a notification list you can join at http://events.stanford.edu/events/499/49993/. March 24 … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Mapping Buddhism in America

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Just over a year ago, in "Buddhism dominates Western States behind Christianity," I wrote about the maps created by the ASARB (Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies). Those maps painted a dramatic sea of saffron across the Western United States, indicating that Buddhism was the largest religion behind Christianity in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, and Oklahoma.That map was made based on data c … [Read more...]

Fake Buddhist Monks hit San Francisco

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The fake Buddhist monks made famous (or infamous) last summer when they were featured in a story by the New York Times are back, and this time in San Francisco, "a city filled with newcomers to urban life," according to sfist.com. As Terry Firma wrote for the Patheos Friendly Atheist blog last summer, quoting the story from the NYTimes: They are mostly men of Chinese descent, with shaved heads, beatific smiles and flowing robes of orange, but sometimes brown or gray. They follow a similar s … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

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...]


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