Mutuality at the Limits of Race – A Buddhist Perspective

A guest post by Doshin Nathan Woods “A Black Man is a person who must ride ‘Jim Crow’ in Georgia…”--W.E.B Du Bois As I walked to the Zendo the helicopters droned distantly overhead.  The muffled announcement reverberating through the neighborhood: “White or Hispanic male….wearing a white t-shirt…..”  Indistinct, my attention turned to the matter at hand, where, upon stepping into the Zendo, I was about my business:  “Hi, excuse me, sorry to interrupt, but the Zendo is closed right now, woul … [Read more...]

As North Carolina backslides on LGBT rights, we revisit our interview with the creators of transbuddhists.org

In spite of the many advances made in recent years in the United States and around the world toward greater awareness and acceptance of the variety of genders and sexual orientations and expressions in the human species, there will always be setbacks. One such setback was seen in North Carolina this week, where the most anti-LGBT law in the U.S. has been passed. A backlash of businesses, politicians, rights groups, individuals, and more have already spoken out. For our part, we'll remind o … [Read more...]

Buddhism, Politics, and the 2016 US Presidential Race

As I mentioned last month, a Pew Survey found that Buddhists in the US are around 16% Republican (or leaning), 69% Democrat, and 16%  Independent or other. That is from a 2014 Religious Landscape Study. So we sought to update that here at American Buddhist Perspectives, creating a simple poll that drew in over 350 responses.The data gathered (also here and here) and discussions following went even further, leading to the plan of regular (monthly) polls. This gives us opportunities to measure … [Read more...]

Mindfulness, Buddhism, and Philosophy, for the love of language, and the limits of language

One of the highlights of the recent Mindfulness, MOOCs, and Money in Higher Education conference at Naropa University (March 18-21) was a small break-out session led by Carrie Bergman of The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. We were joined by two Naropa faculty, Susan Burggraf and Cynthia Kneen (who co-founded Naropa and happens to be a classically trained clown), an undergraduate independent scholar from Amherst College named Vivian Mac, and James Rhem, Executive Director of the Nat … [Read more...]

Building Bridges of Loving-kindness: Mongolia’s Rich History and Culture of Buddhism

A guest post by Michael Fouts, Executive Director of the Grand Maitreya Project West In today’s world the majority of new construction projects and monuments are created with a commercial interest in mind. There seems to be fewer symbols of love and peace being created these days, especially in the west. With the current state of the world and the real need for peace on Earth, creating more universal symbols of love and peace seems to be more important than ever before.In 1924 Mongolia b … [Read more...]

Tibetans for Trump and other unintended consequences

Tenzin Pelkyi, a writer, law student, and editor at tibetanfeministcollective.org (and recent interviewee at this blog) has an intriguing article up today at medium.com examining some of the idiosyncrasies and unintended consequences of US-China-Tibet politics. In it she examines two allegedly Tibetan men holding up a sign reading "Tibetans for Trump. Kick China in the Balls for us, Donald #MakeAmericaGreatAgain."As odd as it may seem for card carrying liberals and others who are simply … [Read more...]

Mindfulness, MOOCs, and Money in Higher Education: or “how to overthrow the system”

Today was our first full day (of only two full days) at the Mindfulness, MOOCs, and Money conference held in Boulder, CO at Naropa University. And, as one should expect after 10 hours of workshops, conversations, and lectures, I am far from being done in terms of digesting the day. That said, some notes:The day began with an "Opening Gathering" where we explored some of the backgrounds and identities that we are bringing to the conference. In general, we were white, cis, and middle-class. … [Read more...]

Mindfulness, MOOCs, and Money in Higher Education

For the next three days I will be in Boulder CO at the Mindfulness, MOOCs, and Money in Higher Education conference hosted by Naropa University. Come say hello if you see me.Tonight we had the opening panel discussion, where a number of the questions facing us over the next few days were raised:What should education be, and how does contemplative thought/study fit in? How can contemplative educators engage in decisions being made in Higher Education? What do we/they have to offer? Ho … [Read more...]


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