R.I.P. David Kalupahana, a giant in the field of Buddhist Philosophy

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The Colombo Page, a Sri Lankan online newspaper, has reported that the great writer and professor of Buddhist philosophy, David J. Kalupahana, passed away January 15 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.*Kalupahana retired in 2000 as professor of philosophy at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, a department internationally recognized for its East-West philosophical focus. He earlier served as the Chairman of the Department of Philosophy.His works on Buddhist Philosophy and Buddhist Ethics were … [Read more...]

Buddhism: religion or philosophy?

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This is the question again, raised by the renowned philosopher Michael McGhee for the UK's Guardian newspaper. The short article is set to be the start of a series on the topic, so we can look forward to further installments in the days to come.Today's article rehearses some of the issues we've seen raised in the news and among bloggers lately, namely the decontextualization of Buddhist practices, rebranded as "mindfulness" and sold to people free of "religion." However, McGhee does want to … [Read more...]

Journal of Buddhist Ethics turns 20

This week the Journal of Buddhist Ethics announced its 20th anniversary edition, available for the very affordable price of: free. As Keown and Prebish write in their introduction to the issue, "It was always our intention that the journal should be a free and open resource serving the interests of the discipline rather than a privately managed concern.... the JBE has been a contribution to a new model of academic publication, one in which academic authors share their work with their peers wi … [Read more...]

Three great Buddhist projects deserving your support

Seth Segal's Walk to Feed the Hungry for Buddhist Global Relief

"The practice of giving is universally recognized as one of the most basic human virtues, a quality that testifies to the depth of one's humanity and one's capacity for self-transcendence," writes Bhikkhu Bodhi in his essay introducing a Wheel publication devoted to generosity in Buddhist practice.There are countless ways you can practice generosity each day, from simply giving some time to a friend or stranger in need, giving comfort, giving consolation, giving respect and recognition, … [Read more...]

Buddhism and Violence on the BBC

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On Monday the BBC radio show Beyond Belief debated the place of violence in Buddhism. The host, Ernie Rae, was joined by:Michael Jerryson, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University, Ohio, who co-edited the book 'Buddhist Warfare'; Rupert Gethin, Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol, and Soe Win Than, a journalist who was born in Myanmar and who works for the BBC's Burmese Service as well as, breifly, Maung Zarni, a Burmese dissident and … [Read more...]

I am Trayvon Martin, I am George Zimmerman

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As fate would have it, I have been very busy lately, seemingly bombarded with duties, activities, images, ideas, and events from out there in the world. So much to process and so little time.However, of some importance and some joy (to me at least) I will be joining some fellow Patheos folks in fasting (for at least one day, hopefully several) along with Muslim friends for Ramadan, which is happening now through August 7th. In just my preliminary research into this I have already learned a … [Read more...]

Thomas Merton: the Film

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Anyone who knows me or has read this blog for long knows I am a great admirer of Thomas Merton. I remember his name being mentioned to me at a Buddhist retreat some time around 2002 or 3, and then, in a quiet week during my MA in Buddhist Studies, I picked up his Asian Journal where, upon seeing the great Buddha statues at Polonnaruwa, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) he wrote: “Looking at these figures I was suddenly, almost forcibly, jerked clean out of the habitual, halftied vision of things, and an inner … [Read more...]

On the bombing at Bodh Gaya, Buddhism’s holiest site

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Though we still don't know who carried out the attacks or why, the basic details seem pretty straight-forward:8 or 9 small explosions took place early this morning in and around the Mahabodhi Temple today at least two foreign monks were injured (one Tibetan and one from Burma/Myanmar) no one was killed one person has been detained by police for questioning Immediate response from the Bauddh Commune International (local Buddhist group) was a peace vigilYou can watch IBN's latest … [Read more...]


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