karma and the middle passage

This post was originally published at the buddha is my dj nearly a year ago. The original post generated some great comments and conversations. I'm reposting it here because I think it's an important topic, and I would love to see more conversation come out of it in a different venue.I was out of town for most of this past weekend for some personal, family related issues. (That's all you get, Internet! I don't hang out all my laundry, dirty or clean!) So I've been out of touch with my usual … [Read more...]

why shin buddhism

I have been asked on more than one occasion why I've chosen to follow the Shin Buddhist path. Many times, I get the strong impression that the asker is thinking to him/herself, "Isn't Shin Buddhism a Japanese Buddhist path? You're not Japanese. You didn't marry a Japanese Buddhist. What's the deal?" I think, despite the obvious problems with those stereotypes, that it's still a valid question. It's as valid a question as why one chooses Zen or Nichiren or Shambhala or any other school of … [Read more...]