Ethics in American Buddhist Groups: Free Webinars

olive branch buddhist ethics webinar

Starting tomorrow, January 27, An Olive Branch will offer free online seminars "to increase awareness and adoption of ethics statements within Buddhist communities in the U.S."  They continue: The scope of the term “ethics” includes all aspects of ethical behavior such as student-teacher relationships, handling money, and power dynamics. “Buddhist communities” includes all schools and traditions practicing in the U.S.Each webinar will be presented by a prominent teacher, practitioner, or exp … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh out of the coma, wakeful, and smiling

Thich Nhat Hanh calligraphy art - Breathe Smile by Bill Damon Flickr C.C.

The latest update out of Plum Village brings wonderful news for students and friends of Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay). As of yesterday, January 3rd, Thay is no longer in a coma. The update states that he has had his eyes open, has smiled and laughed, and recognizes familiar faces. He is, however, still not able to speak. Thay’s physical condition remains stable, and thanks to the excellent care Thay has received from the medical staff, he is able to enjoy being comfortable and at ease. Thay is i … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh, still in coma, is recalled across the globe

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As Christmas and the New Year approach, and the darkest days come and pass, many people across the world continue to hold Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) in their hearts. The latest update from Plum Village, sent out last week, tells us that he is still in a coma but showing signs of wakefulness. The update continues, "There have been times when Thay had his eyes open for more than two hours, and is responsive, but he is not yet showing clear signs of communication." While all hope and energy is … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh: still stable but “sleeping more deeply and communicating less”

Thich Nhat Hanh - Avalokita chant

Plum Village has put out another update on Thay's health today. It is brief and reproduced in full here: Official AnnouncementRe: Thay’s current conditionPlum Village, 22 November, 2014To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends,The doctors have expressed surprise at Thay’s resilience and stability over the last week, as the intensive treatment continues. Thay’s blood pressure and pulse are stable, he is stil … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh is in hospital and “full recovery may be possible”

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See updates at bottom - or, for those who won't make it that far, Plum Village has posted a second official update including the following:In the early morning, Saturday, November 15, Thầy opened his eyes for the first time since his cerebral hemorrhage, to look at his attendants for a brief moment. He was very conscious and attentive to what was happening around him, lifting his left hand to touch the attendant next to him. Since then, he has also opened his eyes several times and his gest … [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 leading m … [Read more...]

Still Breathing Meditation Center seeks support

still breathing meditation center

Based in East Oakland, CA, this center could use your support. They are hoping to raise $20,000 by April 30th and are already 1/4 of the way there.Check out the video above or click here to find out more about the community, the teacher Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, and the space itself. … [Read more...]

Buddhism without Superstition: with Owen Flanagan, Julian Baggini, and Tim Lott

Julian Baggini, Owen Flanagan and Tim Lott

"Is it possible to take an ancient comprehensive philosophy like Buddhism, subtract the hocus pocus, and have a worthwhile philosophy for twenty-first-century scientifically informed secular thinkers?"This was the quote, taken from Owen Flanagan's recent book (see below), which served to open a discussion last Wednesday at Bristol's "Festival of Ideas". The event re-raised the age old question, "Buddhism, is it a religion, philosophy, or way of life?" (I wrote a bit about this topic last … [Read more...]


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