Buddhist monastery serves meals to fasting Muslims in Ramadan

buddhists feed muslims at ramadan

Agence France-Presse reported today that Dharmarajika, a Buddhist monastery in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, is serving food to Muslims this Ramadan, "in a rare example of social harmony between the religions in the South Asian nation."The monastery, they report, "has become a hit on social media since it started distributing daily food packs for Muslims who break their fast during the Islamic month at sunset, known as Iftar." The abbot of the monastery, Suddhananda Mahathero, speaking … [Read more...]

Buddhist-Christian meditation in Zimbabwe


A few months ago I came across a remarkable writer from Zimbabwe. She found me through twitter and directed me to her site, https://hamamaoko.wordpress.com/, specifically her poem, Cherish the Present Moment, which concludes with these lines, wonderfully expressing a major part of the Buddha's teachings:The present moment; Gives you all. It orders everything sweetly; Showering material and hallowed gifts over your head. Sadly, man is full of wishes, plans and expectations. Cherish the … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh’s remarkable recovery shows that “everything is possible”

Thich Nhat Hanh by Geoff Livingston CC flickr

In their most recent update, the  Monks and Nuns of Plum Village have great news regarding Thich Nhat Hanh's continuing improvement:We are happy to report that Thay’s health has improved greatly since he returned to his Plum Village Hermitage in early April. Every day Thay has been out in nature, enjoying the blossoms, listening to the birds and resting at the foot of a tree. Thay enjoys lying in his hammock next to the running creek, in the fresh cool of the bamboo grove he planted more th … [Read more...]

Celebrating same-sex marriage in Buddhism


Today I am thrilled to join millions across the country in celebration of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage across all 50 states. In honor of the decision, along with joining the facebook "Celebrate Pride" campaign with this blog's facebook profile pic, I thought I would repost one of the blog's most popular entries. Please enjoy, comment, take pride, etc, and remember that there is still much work to be done. ~ The first place I generally turn whenever I come across a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis “Beaming” as he leaves meeting with American Buddhist leaders

In a meeting hosted by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops this week, the Pope today met with around fifty Buddhists from America:A dialogue between Catholic and Buddhist religious and social action leaders began today at the Vatican. Pope Francis stopped by the meeting and Cardinal Jean Louis Tauron gave a welcoming address. The Pope then made some brief remarks that were translated to English as he spoke:This is a … [Read more...]

[Watch] angel Kyodo williams talk race and Buddhism after Charleston on #MindfulMondays


Rev. angel Kyodo williams, who spoke last month with Bhikkhu Bodhi about mindfulness, responsibility, and social justice, has been the guest teacher for June at "Mindful Mondays." Mindful Mondays is a community "designed to democratize wellbeing" according to founder Kerri Kelly of CTZN Well. This week Rev. angel Kyodo williams led a meditation titled #9Minutes for Charleston. After the meditation williams led a discussion of race in America, noting in particular that had this been an act by a M … [Read more...]

Buddhist funerals for… robot dogs? In Japan, yes.

Japan Robot Buddhist Funerals

When we think of weird new robots and robot-human relations, what place comes to mind? Probably Japan.In a story first posted by the AFP in February of this year and again just this week in the New York Times, it seems that robot dogs, first introduced in 1999, are beginning to die. Up until last March, Sony, the creator of the Aibo robot dogs had been repairing them, effectively bestowing immortality on the family robotic pets.The pets, equipped with Artificial Intelligence, developed … [Read more...]

Buddhism and Modernity: Conversations at the Edge, all three panels [Video]

Today the Mangalam Research Center posted video of a post-conference seminar following the June 3-7 Mindfulness & Compassion conference at San Francisco State University. The topic, "Buddhism and Modernity: Conversations at the Edge," drew a variety of responses from top academics in Buddhist studies and philosophy, psychologists, practitioners, and others. Below are the videos with brief notes and impressions. Panel 1: Buddhist Philosophy and the perennial concerns of Western p … [Read more...]