Still Breathing Meditation Center seeks support

still breathing meditation center

Based in East Oakland, CA, this center could use your support. They are hoping to raise $20,000 by April 30th and are already 1/4 of the way there.Check out the video above or click here to find out more about the community, the teacher Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, and the space itself. … [Read more...]

Buddhism without Superstition: with Owen Flanagan, Julian Baggini, and Tim Lott

Julian Baggini, Owen Flanagan and Tim Lott

"Is it possible to take an ancient comprehensive philosophy like Buddhism, subtract the hocus pocus, and have a worthwhile philosophy for twenty-first-century scientifically informed secular thinkers?"This was the quote, taken from Owen Flanagan's recent book (see below), which served to open a discussion last Wednesday at Bristol's "Festival of Ideas". The event re-raised the age old question, "Buddhism, is it a religion, philosophy, or way of life?" (I wrote a bit about this topic last … [Read more...]

Review: The Buddha in the Classroom

buddha in the classroom

Subtitled: "Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers," this is a book filled with much more than just "Zen" wisdom and it will surely inspire pretty much anyone who reads it. The first recipient of a 5 Star rating on this blog, this book is guaranteed to find a place amongst my 'must read and re-read' favorites on my bookshelf. (If she managed to add great photos, like David Bognar's lovely book, I'd have to create a sixth star.)To be fair, some of my appreciation for the book is purely selfish: the … [Read more...]

Zen is Not Buddhism

Tonight I've taken on the task of "talking about Zen" for our campus Sangha. Not an enviable task for someone who is admittedly very ignorant about the subject. But what is the saying, "fools walk where angels dare not tread"?There are, I think, four ways to "talk about Zen." Or perhaps 4000, or 84,000, or whatever. I like to keep things simple.First, there is a scholarly history of Zen: very textual, lots of dates and names, fancy words with arrows like Zen <-- Ch'an <-- Dhyāna … [Read more...]


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