About David Charles

David Charles joined Patheos in September 2008. Since then, he has helped shape the structure and content of the site and has led partnership development with a wide range of academic and religious organizations.

David was educated in Switzerland, England, and the United States. He holds advanced degrees in religious studies from Oxford and Harvard Universities. His academic training spans a number of disciplines and fields of study, including anthropology, literature, and history. He is the recipient of a teaching award from Harvard.

“The Buddha” on PBS

From the PBS website on the two-hour special, "The Buddha" (which aired on April 7):"This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. It features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity. Hear in … [Read more...]

Weekly Discussion of the Bhagavad Gita

Over at Elephant Journal, Bob Weisenberg is leading a weekly online discussion of the Bhagavad Gita, using Stephen Mitchell's highly-praised translation.Join the discussion here! … [Read more...]

Gifts for Dharma

Like many of you, I'm a regular reader of Danny Fisher's blog. His "Gift for Dharma" series is well worth your time.The most recent gift comes from His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the leader of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism: "World, we live and die on your lap.On you we experience all our woes and joys.You are Our ancestral home of old.Forever we cherish and adore you. We wish to transform you into the pure realm of our dreams.We wish to transform you … [Read more...]

Thanissaro Bhikku on “The Joy of Effort”

A wise new essay at Access to Insight from Thanissaro Bhikku on "The Joy of Effort.""When explaining meditation, the Buddha often drew analogies with the skills of artists, carpenters, musicians, archers, and cooks. Finding the right level of effort, he said, is like a musician's tuning of a lute. Reading the mind's needs in the moment — to be gladdened, steadied, or inspired — is like a palace cook's ability to read and please the tastes of a prince. Collectively, these analogies make an imp … [Read more...]

Around the Blogosphere: Exploring Life as a Father, Buddhist, and Japanophile

From time to time, we'll highlight other blogs of interest to our readers here on As the Wheel Turns.Today:  Japan: Life and Religion.The blog, in the author's words, is a "reflection of my efforts to explore fatherhood, Buddhism and my love of Japanese culture."Recent posts include:Ashura 360: a new Buddhist iPhone app(review of a new app showcasing the impressive art collection from a Japanese Buddhist temple)Do it or quit complaining "If you don’t try, you cannot accomplish so … [Read more...]

Is There an App for Happiness?

How to balance mindfulness and technology?Check out the recent Buddhist Geeks podcast, where guest Soren Gordhamer discusses this question. Soren is an author, speaker, and project director for Richard Gere's charity, Healing the Divide. "I think that for those of who are trying to balance this life of mindfulness and technology, it’s extremely important to have some time where we’re not taking in information and we’re bringing attention to our breath and our internal world. And we’re not as fo … [Read more...]

Raising Arizona: What Would a Buddhist Immigration Policy Look Like?

Amid the outrage and protests over Arizona's new immigration policies, Justin Whitaker (of the great American Buddhist Perspective blog) revisits a 2007 Washington Post article by Amy Chua. Justin then deals at length with the question, "What Would a Buddhist immigration policy look like?"Some highlights: "To me one of the greatest American values has been the value of opportunity for everyone here. The opportunity to make something of their lives, to create new community, and to pass that … [Read more...]