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


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

Thich Nhat Hanh

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

thomas merton and the dalai lama

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


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...]

Understanding Buddhist Death


My friends and colleagues at the University of Bristol Department of Religion and Theology have launched a project aimed at creating resources for chaplains, teachers and students for understanding the meanings and practices around death in Buddhism.Here is a video introducing the project:   The project creators request your feedback on the project. Click here: "Understanding Buddhist Death" and check out the pages or click on some of the chants or check out our galleries and  flickr pages. … [Read more...]

A short message from Kermit the Frog and the Dalai Lama

kermit the frog dalai lama quote

That is all. If you'd like further reading, try: Kraft, Kenneth. Inner Peace, World Peace: Essays on Buddhism and Non-violence. Albany: State University of New York, 1992. … [Read more...]

Buddhism’s Dalai Lama nods to Secular Ethics

Dalai Lama - meditating before Jesus

While murder, bullying, exploitation and scandal regularly make news, when thousands of children receive their mother’s care and affection every day it isn't reported because we take it for granted. We may be subject to negative emotions, but it’s possible to keep them under control, to cultivate a sense of emotional hygiene, on the basis of human values that are rooted in that affection - what I call secular ethics. - H.H. the Dalai LamaPatheos is currently inviting writers to submit "What D … [Read more...]