Buddhists: Sit for $15, fighting for higher minimum wage

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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...]

Vote for the Dalai Lama in this year’s TIME 100

Dalai Lama Time 100

 As of right now (5pm MST), the Dalai Lama has received 73% YES votes and 27% NO. I didn't check all 158 people nominated, but after clicking a few yes's and no's he stood out as a clear leader (nice sidenote, another favorite person of mine, transgender activist Laverne Cox, is also polling well above average at 59% YES, 41% NO).According to Time.com, the magazine's editors will make the final choice on who is featured, but they welcome your input as well. You can cast your vote … [Read more...]

Dharma Punx teacher Josh Korda on Buddhism, psychology, mindfulness, and his upcoming retreat

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This month I had the pleasure of interviewing Josh Korda, a fascinating Buddhist teacher and human being who is bringing Buddhadharma out to the people through Dharma Punx in a way that is sure to be eye opening for those who are new to this particularly American brand of Buddhism. Let's begin! ~ Thank you for taking the time for doing this interview and for sharing some of the topics you will be discussing in your upcoming retreat at the Garrison Institute. Two of those topics, "Sharing Our Em … [Read more...]

Actor Bill Murray’s Dharma talk: “What’s it like to be you?” [Audio]

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Call it a Dharma talk, a guided meditation, existential philosophy, or just a bit of calm and sanity in our too-often superficial sound bite driven world. Whatever it is, it's something worth hearing and reflecting upon. As On Being's Trent Gillis notes, this was recorded last August after a screening of Murray's recent film, St. Vincent.When asked by the interviewer, "What's it like to be you?" - a question that could easily go in any number of directions - Murray avoids a quick or f … [Read more...]

“Why am I here?” – a post-event interview with veteran journalist and university teacher, Eileen Flynn

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Wrapping up what has been an unexpectedly interview-filled month here at American Buddhist Perspectives, I am pleased to present Eileen Flynn, who co-moderated last week’s interfaith panel on the topic of “why am I here?” Video from the event should be up at Deily.org on March 1st.  My hope is that between this interview and the earlier one with Rev. Dr. David Zuniga, more people will go see the video and feel encouraged to start conversations like this in their own communities.  So, getting … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Thich Nhat Hanh drinks tea, smiles in rehab

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UPDATE: As happened back in November, an unofficial update seems to have gone out and made the rounds before Plum Village's official health update for Thay.This time, however, the message is the same: Thich Nhat Hanh continues his progress in the hospital.Second UPDATE: the earlier, unofficial update from wkup.org, which is listed as an initiative of Plum Village, has been removed. The later official update remains in place at plumvillage.org. ~ An announcement dated February 3rd an … [Read more...]

“Why am I here?” – an interview with Zen priest and interfaith dialogue participant, Rev. Dr. David Zuniga

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Last week I caught wind of an event with a very intriguing title "Why Am I Here? An Austin Interfaith Dialogue" and an even more interesting set of speakers representing Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Zen Buddhism. Very happily, I was able to get in touch with Rev. Dr. David Zuniga, who will represent Zen in the discussion and arranged an interview on the topic.I sat down (via email) over the weekend to discuss the upcoming event:First, thank you for taking the time to do this, David. … [Read more...]

Practicing Compassion, a review

Practicing Compassion, by Frank Rogers Jr.

Frank Rogers Jr's book, Practicing Compassion, is a welcome addition to the field of books bringing the positive insights and wisdom of religious traditions to a wider audience. The book sets out with the premise that while compassion is much talked about in religious settings and ever more in popular psychology, not many people know how to cultivate or practice it (although the caveat is given that there are numerous Buddhist teachings on cultivating compassion).*Rogers is a teacher of … [Read more...]


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