AAR, Chicago, wrapping up

Well, now just over a week since I've left, I figure I should try to wrap up the great time which was AAR 2008 (American Academy of Religion). This was my first national AAR meeting, or meeting of any such size for that matter, so I didn't know what to expect, or really how to prepare...Luckily, I saw that the great Buddho-Blogger, Danny Fisher, was going as well and offered to pall around with him, which was graciously accepted. I had missed a chance to see Danny speak at the Shambala Center … [Read more...]

Chicago in Pictures

I must say that of the big cities I've visited, Chicago sits right up there with San Fransisco and Seattle as my favorites (Calgary and Vancouver are up there, as is Bristol, UK even though it's not quite a 'big' city). I had been assured before visiting that I would meet with plenty of very friendly "mid-western" people, and it was true. While there was still at times the hustle and bustle of any large city, there was also a laid-back feel to be found - people jogging on the waterfront, walking … [Read more...]

Merton In Asia

A new blog I'll be following - commemorating 40 years since the death of this most extraordinary man.http://mertoninasia.blogspot.com/Many thanks to Debbie at A Buddhist Catholic for posting about this. … [Read more...]

Technophilia, blogging, and wiki

What is technophilia? the love of loud European music?No. Technology. That is what has been coming my way recently at least. At my work at the Center for Ethics in Montana, we have recently completed a two-year project with the National Science Foundation (NSF) which brought students together in person for a week and then sent them home to continue collaborating using wiki software.The result, an Online Deliberation Center (ODC) will at some point be made available to the public. Instead of … [Read more...]

President Obama

It's 7:20 here in Montana and there is still a long ways to go - but - and I know we highly accomplished beings aren't supposed to talk about this - my ability to see into the future tells us we'll all be talking about the above guy (President Obama) in a very short time.I'm a bit sick from travels, but I'm still going to celebrate this historic and wonderful day in US and world history. I can almost see the devas and yakshas and even the pretas smiling as America marks the end of eight years … [Read more...]

Beer Bottle Temple in Thailand

This from Treehugger.com. Buddhism is often popularly described as "inherently ecological" and in tune with the environment. And indeed, the history of Buddhism shows a greater sensitivity to the environment than what we find in the 3 western monotheisms. Why is this so? One can look at doctrinal clues: Buddhism teaches interconnectedness and the importance of relations with (and reverence for) all of life. It teaches this in a very direct and visceral sense. There are stories of early monks … [Read more...]

Chicago – Day One

Sometimes we can look into a dew drop or a blade of grass and see how small and interconnected the world is. For me this trip has already given me two reminders of this truth of reality. The first came when my plane to Salt Lake had to turn around mid-flight for mechanical repairs. So instead of Salt Lake, I wound up flying to Seattle and not just to Seattle, but because of the air traffic congestion at Sea-Tac airport, we flew out over Pugeot Sound.I found myself thinking: I just drove 3 … [Read more...]

13 Hours to Chicago

It's 2:52 in the bloody morning, and, in case you didn't know, I'm not a morning person. I try to have metta for the morning, but I just want sleep and slow sun-rises....Anyhow - back on track: it's 2:53 am. What am I up to? I'm up to driving 3 hours to Spokane, flying to Salt Lake, then on to Chicago O'Hare, catching a bus to Jackson st, walking two blocks south and three blocks east and checking in to my hotel where hopefully my grumpiness will have worn off as I meet up with the Rev. Danny … [Read more...]