Superscholar.org introduces an Infographic on Eastern Philosophy

history of eastern philosophy

Hmm... I almost put up scare quotes around 'Eastern Philosophy' - but then I thought I'd just put them up around 'Eastern' - and then just around 'Philosophy' - but perhaps each, separately, needed its own scare quotes. Then again, what exactly is an 'infographic'?Scare quotes and worries about definitions aside (do some research and decide for yourself what these words mean), I was sent this the other day and found it interesting and useful enough to warrant sharing. As an educator I think … [Read more...]

Buddhism and the Environment in China: PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

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PBS takes us to China this week, where the increasing signs of environmental degradation are leading many in this officially 'atheist' nation to embrace Buddhism. Buddhism is on the rise in China, currently estimated to have about 200-300 million adherents, for a variety of reasons. After the extreme persecution of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 70s, the nation slowly and quietly allowed some cracks to form in its atheist and socialist facade. Over the last twenty years especially, the … [Read more...]

Ajahn Brahm’s Gender Equality in Buddhism petition nears 5000 signatures

ajahn brahm talk on women UNDV

As per a request on twitter, I'm reposting this with the hopes of driving the petition over 5000 (it needs just 239 more as of now): In May, Ajahn Brahm, one of the world's best known Theravadin monks, was scheduled to give a talk on gender equality (and lack thereof) in Buddhism in Vietnam at the annual UN Day of Vesak conference. However, at the last minute his talk was canceled. Here Ajahn Brahm talks about why:Now you can sign a petition, launched today in the UK, asking the UNDV … [Read more...]

Notes on teaching Buddhist philosophy

buddha with plato and aristotle at the academy

I'm teaching Buddhist philosophy in Bodhgaya, India at the moment, so much of my blogging-life is taken up by activities here. In lieu of all of that (I will post on my usual topics now and then) I thought I'd share notes from my teaching.Teaching Buddhist philosophy to American college students from diverse backgrounds (some with extensive philosophy, some with Buddhism, some with a mix or neither) has been a challenge. To start, I wanted to get them thinking as philosophers, inheritors of … [Read more...]

Buddhist abbot Ajahn Brahm says that it is ‘Unacceptable’ that religion has been so cruel to LGBTIQs

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Before a large audience in Singapore in June, the outspoken Theravadin Buddhist monk cited the Buddha's call for compassion toward all sentient beings as a starting point for a Buddhist position on the LGBTIQ community. He said he was very proud to be able to perform a gay marriage in Norway. He continued:"There is nothing in the sutras, in the teachings of the Buddha, which discriminates against anybody no matter what race, religion, or sexual orientation. I do ask all Buddhists to please sh … [Read more...]

Korean nuns rap the Heart Sutra

korean nuns rap heart sutra

From the HuffingtonPost: More than 300 nuns and monks convened in a Seoul temple on Thursday to participate in a prayer competition hosted by the Jogye Order, Korea's largest Buddhist organization. While most recited traditional prayers, several brave nuns took to the stage with rap and hip hop performances.A group of three nuns performed a variation on the classic Heart Sutra, beating on traditional drums and rapping their own lyrics: "Great wisdom, perfect wisdom. Buddha's teachings that s … [Read more...]

Petition created for the United Nations Day of Vesak (UNDV) to allow Ajahn Brahm’s gender equality paper in 2015

ajahn brahm talk on women UNDV

Last month, Ajahn Brahm, one of the world's best known Theravadin monks, was scheduled to give a talk on gender equality (and lack thereof) in Buddhism in Vietnam at the annual UN Day of Vesak conference. However, at the last minute his talk was canceled.Here Ajahn Brahm talks about why:Now you can sign a petition, launched today in the UK, asking the UNDV conference to allow his talk to be given next year. According to the petition site at Avaaz:We, the undersigned, are astounded … [Read more...]

Dhammananda Bhikkhuni and Thailand’s “secret” Buddhist Nuns

ven molini and ven dhamma vijaya with the author in bodh gaya 2010

Danny Fisher has already shared this short documentary looking inside Thailand's only all-female monastery but I came across it again today and found it worth re-sharing. As Danny notes from the website Dharma Documentaries: This is a short but informative and positive look at the current state of bhikkhunis in Thailand with interviews with people on both sides of the debate.The documentary is made as part of the Secret Tribes series which is fronted by Malaysian presenter Ezra Zaid... The … [Read more...]


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