Buddhist leaders: sign to raise awareness of the psychological, spiritual, and moral effects of climate change

Actions have Consequences - Buddhists march for climate change awareness

The Resource Innovation Group (TRIG), a non-profit organization affiliated with the Sustainability Institute at Willamette University, has asked faith leaders to join a “Call to Action for U.S. and World Leaders to Proactively Address the Adverse Psychological and Social Impacts of Climate Disruption.” According to their website, "TRIG's mission is to address the human causes, impacts, and solutions to complex socio-economic-ecological challenges, with a special emphasis on climate change. By a … [Read more...]

Mapping Buddhism in America

Buddhists in America 2015

Just over a year ago, in "Buddhism dominates Western States behind Christianity," I wrote about the maps created by the ASARB (Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies). Those maps painted a dramatic sea of saffron across the Western United States, indicating that Buddhism was the largest religion behind Christianity in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, and Oklahoma.That map was made based on data c … [Read more...]

“Why am I here?” – a post-event interview with veteran journalist and university teacher, Eileen Flynn

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Wrapping up what has been an unexpectedly interview-filled month here at American Buddhist Perspectives, I am pleased to present Eileen Flynn, who co-moderated last week’s interfaith panel on the topic of “why am I here?” Video from the event should be up at Deily.org on March 1st.  My hope is that between this interview and the earlier one with Rev. Dr. David Zuniga, more people will go see the video and feel encouraged to start conversations like this in their own communities.  So, getting … [Read more...]

Fake Buddhist Monks hit San Francisco

fake monks san francisco

The fake Buddhist monks made famous (or infamous) last summer when they were featured in a story by the New York Times are back, and this time in San Francisco, "a city filled with newcomers to urban life," according to sfist.com. As Terry Firma wrote for the Patheos Friendly Atheist blog last summer, quoting the story from the NYTimes: They are mostly men of Chinese descent, with shaved heads, beatific smiles and flowing robes of orange, but sometimes brown or gray. They follow a similar s … [Read more...]

Intersections of Gender, Identity, and Buddhism: an interview with LGBTIQ meditation teacher La Sarmiento

La Sarmiento LGBTIQ Buddhist teacher

Today I am delighted to introduce readers to La Sarmiento, a long time Vipassana meditator and teacher who will be co-leading a retreat at the Garrison Institute called “Embodying Presence in Our Lives: A Mindfulness Meditation Weekend for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer Communities”  in April along with fellow teachers Madeline Klyne, Eric Kolvig, PhD, and Jacoby Ballard.Many thanks to Sam Mowe of the Garrison Institute for connecting us and to La for taking the time … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Thich Nhat Hanh drinks tea, smiles in rehab

Thich Nhat Hanh by Geoff Livingston CC flickr

UPDATE: As happened back in November, an unofficial update seems to have gone out and made the rounds before Plum Village's official health update for Thay.This time, however, the message is the same: Thich Nhat Hanh continues his progress in the hospital.Second UPDATE: the earlier, unofficial update from wkup.org, which is listed as an initiative of Plum Village, has been removed. The later official update remains in place at plumvillage.org. ~ An announcement dated February 3rd an … [Read more...]

“Why am I here?” – an interview with Zen priest and interfaith dialogue participant, Rev. Dr. David Zuniga

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Last week I caught wind of an event with a very intriguing title "Why Am I Here? An Austin Interfaith Dialogue" and an even more interesting set of speakers representing Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Zen Buddhism. Very happily, I was able to get in touch with Rev. Dr. David Zuniga, who will represent Zen in the discussion and arranged an interview on the topic.I sat down (via email) over the weekend to discuss the upcoming event:First, thank you for taking the time to do this, David. … [Read more...]

The Onion sends NBC’s Brian Williams to Tibet

Brian Williams in Tibet via the onion

Wearing what appears to be a Japanese Zen robe and a shaggy beard with his hands in good meditation position, complete with wooden mala, Brian Williams, according to The Onion, has absconded to the remote mountains of Tibet (never mind that the picture looks like it was taken in the summer). Williams is quoted by the paper as saying: “Truth itself is in many ways the one universal constant—that which indisputably conforms to reality. But the question remains: Can we as humans understand this con … [Read more...]


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