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...]

Buddhists for Same Sex Marriage!

Buddhists for same sex marriage! England.

(June 5 update: VICTORY! The Peers, as they're called, in the House of Lords voted in support of marriage equality by 390 to 148 votes, a majority of 242.) And a July 17 update: the bill is now LAW with the Queen's approval.Today Britain's House of Lords is set to debate a bill which would grant equality to same-sex marriages. "The legislation being debated would enact marriage equality in England and Wales, allowing Britons the right to marry their same-sex partner. Parliament's other c … [Read more...]

Buddhists, Books, and Technology

Burma - Rangoon 2011 - young monk with a game

The Huffington Post has a good article out today on Buddhism and technology: Om Mani iPadme Hum: Why Buddhists Get Technology.According to Joyce Morgan, the author: Printing is one of humanity's great four inventions (together with paper, gunpowder and the compass).In the West, it helped spread literacy and ushered in the Enlightenment. In the East, seekers after another form of enlightenment were instrumental in its spread. Buddhist monks grasped the value of the rapid reproduction of … [Read more...]

Blogging Buddhist Ethics

procrastination-priorities

One of my new year's resolutions this year was to focus more clearly and fully on my phd work, including here at this blog. 26 days in, and I'm ready to start (procrastination is okay).Where were we? Oh yes, Buddhist Ethics.To put it succinctly, I'm re-evaluating Buddhist ethics and comparing it to Kantian ethics. This is difficult because Buddhist ethics is very difficult to pin down: do we mean sila? Vinaya? Everything suggested as kusala? To simplify things I just work on the Pali Cano … [Read more...]

Two Buddhisms, Authenticity, Abortion, and Universal Love

These are a few of the topics, essays, and projects you should know about this week.First, the Two Buddhisms story. I've written about this quite a bit and consider Charles Prebish, the man who coined the term, to be a good friend. Today he passed me the link to a new blog post by Suwanda H J Sugunasiri, a Sri Lankan scholar in Canada, who discusses the use of these and other categories. Give it a read. Let me know what you think.   ~ Next, Bhante Sujato is launching a project seeking to be … [Read more...]

Is this the first ever Buddhist Social Media “Code of Conduct?”

The following was posted today on the  Facebook page of the popular Bhutanese teacher and filmaker Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche: SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES FOR SO-CALLED VAJRAYANA STUDENTSIf you think or believe that you are a student of Vajrayana—whether or not that's true is another matter—but as long as you think you are a Vajrayana practitioner, it becomes your responsibility to protect this profound tradition.It’s important to maintain secrecy in the Vajrayana. The Vajrayana is called ‘t … [Read more...]

Global day of Solidarity for Tibet

Tibet - festival of lights

Today, December 10, is Global Human Rights Day. Activists around the world are reaching out and stepping up their efforts. And with over 100 self-immolations now in Tibet, this region, currently occupied by China, is a chief area of focus. The latest such immolation is a 16 year old girl in the Tibetan province of Amdo, currently ruled as China's northwestern province of Qinghai (click here for a map and pre-1959 history).According to news reports, China's only response has been to tighten i … [Read more...]


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