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

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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...]

A Father who lost his son at Sandy Hook asks Thich Nhat Hanh what could have prevented it

Here is his question and Thay's answer:Support Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village. … [Read more...]

The Onion satirizes Buddhism: “Extremist Cell Vows to Unleash Tranquility On West”

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You can read the full story for yourself at The Onion.But after settling in for what I thought would be a light-hearted parody on Buddhism's ever-so-peaceful image in the West, I began to feel a bit uneasy. The article is clever enough (although the mish-mash of Buddhist traditions leaves much to be desired) but the parody instead is on the Western image of Islamic terrorism (principally that of al-Qaeda).It may just be that I recently finished a grueling up-and-down week of teaching … [Read more...]

Guns, Race, and the Military: further Buddhist responses to the Navy Yard Shooting

This will most likely be the last I write on this topic. Discussions on my previous post are ongoing (here, here, and here), and appear to be getting increasingly thoughtful. And folks in Washington DC are beginning to lament the fact that the news cycle has passed this by, The mass shooting America barely noticed and Not all mass shootings are equal in the eyes of the media or the public.But before moving on completely, I did want to note two Buddhist blogs that have introduced other … [Read more...]

Two more must-reads on Buddhism and Aaron Alexis/the Navy Yard Shooting

As with any human tragedy of this kind, there are countless angles or perspectives from which to view and discuss the shootings earlier this week. In this post and the next I'll highlight four that I found particularly useful. The first two draw our attention to our religious stereotyping of both Buddhism and Islam:Navy Yard shooting puts Buddhism in spotlight: Column by Stephen Prothero. Prothero is a professor in Boston University's religion department and author of several books on … [Read more...]

The hateful rhetoric of the “anti-war” left toward Syria

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I should begin with a disclaimer or two. First, I typically am a proud member of the "anti-war" left in American politics. In 2001 I co-organized a Peace Concert - that's right a Peace Concert - in response to the 9/11 attacks and G.W. Bush's war-drum response. In 2003 I was one of the many millions who gathered around the world to protest yet another Bush and Co. war.But Syria might be a much clearer-cut case for some sort of international intervention.You have on the one side a … [Read more...]

In Syria, no bombing for now – at least from the outside

Like many of you, I am relieved to hear President Obama's decision to wait for Congressional approval before attacking Syria.First, it respects the international rule of law Second, it respects the will of the American people Third, it gives time for possible coalition building or peace negotiations with AssadOn the first point, this highlights the importance of the UN, even in the face of  vetoes by a recalcitrant Russia and China. Britain's House of Commons recently voted narrowly … [Read more...]

Buddhism and Violence on the BBC

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On Monday the BBC radio show Beyond Belief debated the place of violence in Buddhism. The host, Ernie Rae, was joined by:Michael Jerryson, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University, Ohio, who co-edited the book 'Buddhist Warfare'; Rupert Gethin, Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol, and Soe Win Than, a journalist who was born in Myanmar and who works for the BBC's Burmese Service as well as, breifly, Maung Zarni, a Burmese dissident and … [Read more...]


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