Are you screaming at me? Stopping the noise.

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A guest-post by Daniel D. Woo (© 2010, 2013, 2014)As a child I grew up in a family with a father filled with rage, intemperate emotions and verbal abuse and sometimes physical violence. My dad was a former P-51 fighter pilot who flew with the Kuomintang in the Chinese Civil War, where over 80 fellow pilots from my dad's squadrons died, and where the People’s Republic of China (the Communists) under Chairman Mao Tse-tung won the Civil War.I knew nothing about post-traumatic stress di … [Read more...]

Buddhism without Superstition: with Owen Flanagan, Julian Baggini, and Tim Lott

Julian Baggini, Owen Flanagan and Tim Lott

"Is it possible to take an ancient comprehensive philosophy like Buddhism, subtract the hocus pocus, and have a worthwhile philosophy for twenty-first-century scientifically informed secular thinkers?"This was the quote, taken from Owen Flanagan's recent book (see below), which served to open a discussion last Wednesday at Bristol's "Festival of Ideas". The event re-raised the age old question, "Buddhism, is it a religion, philosophy, or way of life?" (I wrote a bit about this topic last … [Read more...]

Buddhist Student, Religious Liberty Prevail In Louisiana, Fox News Repor…

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In case you haven't heard of this story, a sixth grader in a public school was ridiculed in front of classmates about his religion until he was physically ill - by school officials!The young Asian American Buddhist was told that Buddhism is "stupid" and that he should transfer to a different school with "more Asians" - again, by school officials.As the ACLU reports, "They also taught creationism in science class, incorporated prayer into class and nearly every school event, hung a … [Read more...]

Prof. Robert Thurman on Tibetan Buddhism & Michael Roach’s “cult” – Dateline NBC

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Last fall I found out that someone at NBC was trying to get in touch with me about the Geshe Michael Roach story (links to all of the background are below). It turns out that NBC NY producer Anna Schecter was piecing together a story for Dateline and had come across some of my writing here on Patheos.She and I spoke for some time. I told her about my background, how I was sort of a student of GMR in the early '00s and traveled with friends from the UK to Ireland when he and (then 'Lama') … [Read more...]

Translating Meditation in Popular American Media

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* A guest-post by C. Pierce Salguero.TIME magazine’s 2 Feb 2014 cover (above, left) announces the arrival of the “Mindful Revolution.” The publication joins a flurry of recent examples confirming that a shift is taking place in the representation of meditation in American popular media. This is not the first time that meditation has been featured by TIME—a strikingly similar cover was published on 4 Aug 2003 (above, right). Compared to the 2014 cover, the earlier one is transitional. The pho … [Read more...]

Mindful of your immorality?

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A contemporary Western Buddhist version of this would probably look something like this:In case you missed it, this is regarding (not that Google in particular is guilty of all of the above):Criticism of Google has, of course, poured in. Katie Loncke of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship writes of Google's bus scheme, which is contributing to rising rents and gentrification:This is not true mindfulness. It’s selective awareness, optimized for pleasure.In other words, ig … [Read more...]

Three job opportunities for the Mindful Activist

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Three great opportunities are out there right now for the right person who happens to be in the right place at the right time:First is the U.S. Campaign for Burma, which is seeking a Communications and Development Coordinator. These folks are based in DC, so this is for those in that area or who are prepared to make a move. They also have an internship program, if you are or know a college student interested in first-hand experience with the countless issues facing Burma today. Applications … [Read more...]

Broncos for the win! a guest post by James Ure

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If you live in the United States, you know that “Super Bowl Sunday” is practically a religious holiday. It’s inescapable. As Buddhists, it’s easy to dismiss the American football championship game as “superficial” and “violent” but there is a place for sports in Buddhism. Modern sports developed out of the gladiator fights of the Roman Empire. The emperors used them to distract the public from government malfeasance, but the gladiator battles required the loser to be killed. Yikes! Thankfully, sp … [Read more...]


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