Mindful of your immorality?

Hungry-Ghosts

A contemporary Western Buddhist version of this would probably look something like this:In case you missed it, this is regarding (not that Google in particular is guilty of all of the above):Criticism of Google has, of course, poured in. Katie Loncke of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship writes of Google's bus scheme, which is contributing to rising rents and gentrification:This is not true mindfulness. It’s selective awareness, optimized for pleasure.In other words, ig … [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...]

A Nominee for most outlandish Buddha Statue… ever?

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Courtesy China's Global Times (thanks to Tricycle's Emma Varvaloucas, who you can follow on twitter here). The article states: A giant statue of a gold Buddha in Luoyang, Henan Province garnered attention on Weibo recently for sporting a slicked-back hairstyle, jschina.com reported.First posted by Tian Yichen, a social commentator on Sina Weibo on April 22, the statue of the Maitreya Buddha attracted online attention for its conservative haircut more befitting a local official than an … [Read more...]

Buddha’s Middle Way on Technology

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On Monday I had a wonderful evening at an event bringing academia and the community together, featuring none other than my wonderful girlfriend, Ms. Emily Rhodes (and four other speakers). The event was called "Whose street is it, anyway?" and it brought together the Bristol Faculty of Arts and the People's Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC, check out their blog), a local neighborhood group fighting to bring control of their area back to the people.In terms of starting a much needed c … [Read more...]

Two Videos you MUST see today

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From the video: We are traversing a terrain, which we as a species and as a planet overall have not seen before. We are facing an ecological crisis that has the capacity to tremendously alter life on earth.Today we have not only an ecological crisis. We also have a kind of story crisis. That is to say there is something very wrong with how we understand who we are and our relationship with the earth. Where are you? Where is your mind? Here: Or here: And maybe this will help:See … [Read more...]

Better than Zizek: a critique of Contemporary Spirituality (and many Buddhists) worth investigating

I just finished listening to a podcast interview of my friend David Webster on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting). Knowing Dave, I know that he is a bit (at least) of an admirer of the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek. My own view of Žižek is not a secret. One of my most popular blog posts last year was a discussion of Žižek, who had recently given a lecture that was, in title at least, about Western Buddhism: "Zizek waxes on about Zionism, Sex, Gangnam Style, Justin Bieber, the Pope, and Buddhism … [Read more...]

Six Months given to Save the Buddhas of Mes Aynak

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Breaking News from The Buddhas of Aynak (via facebook):I have some unfortunate news - archaeologists only have SIX MONTHS from now to perform rescue archaeology at Mes Aynak. So they do NOT have until 2014. They have until June 2013. I feel that now is the time to submit all signatures for our two official petitions to show the significant international support for saving Mes Aynak. As I wrote 3 months ago: The site, in the rugged and arid mountains of Afghanistan, was once a … [Read more...]

Nietzsche meets the iPhone

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The BBC has a story this week titled "Can filming one second every day change your life?" (click for video) It makes for a useful meditation for the new year. The story features Cesar Kuriyama, who began filming one second of each day at the age of 30. What began as a one year project promises to be a life-long occupation. As he states in the video, "Trying to make the best movie possible is making me live the best life possible."This brought to mind one of my favorite philosophers, F … [Read more...]


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