A Zen Monk’s Letter to Adam Lanza

Calligraphy : Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Reader —————What if you wrote a letter to Adam Lanza : what might you say ?Here's one, from a young man who grew up at 22 Lake Road, Newtown, Connecticut. Born Douglas Bachman, he's now a Buddhist monk, named Phap Luu, teaching applied ethics and the art of mindful living to students and school teachers. He lives in Plum Village Monastery, in Thenac, France.   Dear Adam,Let me start by saying that I wish for you to find peace. It would be easy just to call … [Read more...]

OPEN LETTER : Taking a Stand Against Islamaphobia

BOSTON / LOS ANGELES — This Open Letter comes to us via Joshua Eaton, a journalist writing about Buddhism, religion and politics, poverty, and the American South. He is also a Tibetan translator. Also, Rev. Danny Fisher, a professor and Coordinator of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Department at University of the West (and no stranger to Patheos) collaborated on it in key ways.The letter's motivated by recent news reports, as well as a long-standing, deep-rooted sense of social justice. This being R … [Read more...]

Wake Up ! Tour : Mindfulness for Young People ( 17 – 35)

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SAN FRANCISCO — Mindfulness: have you heard the word?It's a vital way of learning how to understand, accept, and realize our mind's true nature. It's about being fully alive in the present moment (the only moment ever available for us to be alive). To be honest, being in the present is also about learning to return to the present : our bodies are in the present, but our untamed mind can wander in 1,000 directions. (You've noticed?) Yet all you need to enjoy mindfulness isa pause a s … [Read more...]

What If You Knew You Had Only 10l,000 Days Left To Live?

SAN FRANCISCO. Peter Baumann is one of the great adventurers of our time. Early in his career, he was an innovator in electronic music, associated first with Tangerine Dream with whom he toured the globe. Then, after another decade as CEO of a record company, he was drawn to a differnt adventure. Sometime during the dawn of this new millennium, it sems, he'd realized he'd had about 10,000 days left to live. At least, according to actuarial tables.So he embarked on an adventure "not on any … [Read more...]

Solstice : light in darkness

This is about this very moment.  This wonderful moment.  Have you noticed? This week is the solstice: yesterday, to be precise. The shortest day of the year, and the longest night. Typically, it's a time of clarity and community, introspection and renewal. 'Tis the season. Time to celebrate the light in darkness. As the Quakers remind us, "Where shalt thou seek the light if thou dost not turn within?" As the year turns, we turn with it. Such fact of life is so elemental, we often need r … [Read more...]

UNDER THE SAME SKY

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Buddhist Books … A Patheos Poll

Buddhist books ... topic for conversation  ... as the wheel of Dharma turns ...Please weigh in, via the Reply section, below... as to Buddhist books in your own life ....Have you found books helpful ?  ¿ or no ? ...  (express your experience).What are your favorite Buddhist books?  (This is the place to talk about them).Or do you have a Buddhist book list?  (Here's a good way to share it).Are you looking for a Buddhist book, as a beginner, or as a gift, or on any topic at all ? ... ( … [Read more...]


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