Buddhists: Sit for $15, fighting for higher minimum wage

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In major cities across the country today activists rose up (and sat) to protest our countries unfair minimum wages.In L.A. 1000+ protesters chanted "We want 15" or "Sí se puede" as they followed a marching band around a McDonalds. Hundreds more gathered in Berkeley (photos) and across the Bay Area:These were part of a nation-wide "Fight for 15" campaign seeking higher minimum wages as well as rights to unionize. As the Washington Post states, "Their success would increase family in … [Read more...]

Dan Harris on mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhism

Dan Harris Speaks at Google about his book "10% Happier," meditation, and Buddhism.

While mindfulness and meditation have taken off in the popular media in the last couple of years, it has been a while since I've seen a celebrity openly acknowledging a conversion to Buddhism. But this week in a CNN article, ABC anchorman Dan Harris does just that, writing:If you had told me as recently as a few years ago that I'd ever become a Buddhist -- never mind that I might even admit to it publicly -- I would have coughed my beer up through my nose.I was raised by secular … [Read more...]

Dharma Punx teacher Josh Korda on Buddhism, psychology, mindfulness, and his upcoming retreat

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This month I had the pleasure of interviewing Josh Korda, a fascinating Buddhist teacher and human being who is bringing Buddhadharma out to the people through Dharma Punx in a way that is sure to be eye opening for those who are new to this particularly American brand of Buddhism. Let's begin! ~ Thank you for taking the time for doing this interview and for sharing some of the topics you will be discussing in your upcoming retreat at the Garrison Institute. Two of those topics, "Sharing Our Em … [Read more...]

Book Review: “The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender”

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THIS IS A BOOK THAT CAN TEACH US ALL.These words grace the back cover of The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality and Gender.And Tanya McGinnity of Full Contact Enlightenment put it equally well when she wrote:"This book by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel is essential reading for all Buddhists. Essential."Both statements are absolutely true.As are the several lines of advanced praise in the book's opening pages, from American Buddhist greats including Jan Willis, author … [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...]

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...]

Ethics in American Buddhist Groups: Free Webinars

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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...]

Trans*Buddhism, an interview with the creators of transbuddhists.org

trans-Buddhist QandA

I am honored this month to share an interview with the creators of transbuddhists.org and a guide to trans*competence (links below). Please read on and visit their website to find out more about how you can make Buddhism more inclusive.Who counts as "trans*" and why is it important for Buddhists today to understand the term?We use trans* ("trans" or "trans-star") as an umbrella term to describe anyone who's had an experience of their internal understanding of their gender not matching the … [Read more...]


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