Dhammananda Bhikkhuni and Thailand’s “secret” Buddhist Nuns

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Danny Fisher has already shared this short documentary looking inside Thailand's only all-female monastery but I came across it again today and found it worth re-sharing. As Danny notes from the website Dharma Documentaries: This is a short but informative and positive look at the current state of bhikkhunis in Thailand with interviews with people on both sides of the debate. The documentary is made as part of the Secret Tribes series which is fronted by Malaysian presenter Ezra … [Read more...]

Happy 5th Birthday, Patheos! #Patheos5Yrs

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Happy Fifth Anniversary, Patheos. To Kristi and Deborah, and Jamie and Leo and Cathie, and David and everyone else in Denver and around the world: Thank You. Thank you for building this platform, for infusing it with scholarly foundations, and for bringing on board such an amazing group of writers. And thank you for inviting me to join back in 2011; which I suppose means I’ve been along for the ride for a little over half of the Patheos Journey. I have been doing this blog thing … [Read more...]

Dalai Lama Awakening, a Q&A with Director Khashyar Darvich

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Last night I attended a cozy screening of "Dalai Lama Awakening", an extended director's cut of the earlier film "Dalai Lama Renaissance."  The film follows forty scholars and intellectuals who were invited to a 1999 meeting with the Dalai Lama to forge a strategy for solving the world's problems. Enormous task? Yes. And the enormous egos of a few of these folks clearly didn't help. The arc of the movie focuses on a few key individuals as they struggle with India's notoriously difficult … [Read more...]

Buddhism and Modern Psychology : week five, looking at meditation

Prof. Wright speaks with Joseph Goldstein about self, thoughts, and meditation.

Following the trend from the last couple weeks, I'm once again behind on notes (in fact week six has come and gone too). So I apologize to anyone who has followed along with the videos and these posts; but perhaps this can serve as a welcome reminder. Speaking of reminders, last week (week four) we looked at some modular theories of the mind, which seem to be in vogue in modern psychology circles, and how they may affirm the central Buddhist tenet of not-self. In week three we looked into … [Read more...]

Buddhism and Modern Psychology : week four – “What is the *you*, anyway?”

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I have slipped a bit further behind this week, I'm afraid, and with some upcoming writing and travel commitments upon me the slide will likely continue. In week four Prof. Wright covered a fair amount of ground in psychology, discussing modular theories of the mind. The modular theory is based on questions about how we make decisions, how variations in our environment might change those decisions, and how we (in both 1st and 3rd person) understand that decision making process. He … [Read more...]

Coursera’s Buddhism and Modern Psychology : week three

Buddhism and Modern Psychology - week 3

I'm a bit later than usual posting on week 3 (week 4 lectures have just been posted). Such is life. Part of the reason is that the topic this week was "not-self"(anātman in Sanskrit, anattā in Pāli) in Buddhism and in Modern Psychology, which I am not terribly interested in writing more about at this time. I've written extensively about the topic here, here (on metaphysics),here (comparing with Sartre), and here; along with guest posts at Danny Fisher's blog and (around the topic of … [Read more...]

Tibet’s Self-Immolation Protests Reach Shocking New Levels, a film by Journeyman Pictures

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This recently posted video gives a rare and direct look inside the Tibetan community in exile as their thoughts and lives ebb and flow between India and their homeland. Further reading: The Future of Tibet, a re-post in honor of Tibetan Uprising Day (March 2014) Spanish court rules for Tibetan victims of Chinese genocide (November 2013) … [Read more...]

Harry Dean Stanton on Buddhism, Predestination, Not-self, Einstein, Jung, and Zen

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I found this today and thought  it was interesting. Nothing too profound. Nothing too new. But interesting as another aspect of Buddhist thought trickling into Western culture. According to Entertainment Weekly, "He is perhaps the greatest character actor alive... A short list of the directors he's worked with includes Alfred Hitchcock, Sam Peckinpah, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, John Carpenter, John Huston, Ridley Scott, David Lynch, and Terry Gilliam. He played a romantic … [Read more...]


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