Buddhist Portal Archives

jPatheos' As the Dharma Turns offers a month-to-month archives, as is a standard amenity with blogs.  Within the blogspace, to the right, you'll see both "Recently Posted" and "Archives."Articles posted in the Public Square feature are also archived; other articles,  however, aren't. So this  page — to be updated over time — commemorates articles no longer visible.  We hope you find this  a handy alternative to searching to find what's currently invisible. Stay tuned for updates.   [Library h … [Read more...]

oil + water …

British Petroleum's catastrophic  oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is the largest in American history, and as of this writing the crisis continues. To date, every two to three days the ruptured BP oil well spews out the same amount of oil as the entire Alaskan Exxon Valdez oil spill.By way of preface to a portal onto recent Buddhist response to the catastrophe ————— here's a quote from scholar activist Joanna Macy, in conversation with John Seed, director of the Rainforest Information Cen … [Read more...]

Ehipassiko! (Come & see)

.:.A VOCABULARY LESSON FOR TODAYHere's a valuable word that crops up, from time to time,  in Buddhist discourse:ehipassiko.[ Sanskrit: Ehipaśyika "which you can come and see" -- from the phrase ehi, paśya "come, see!" ]It's considered one of the traits of the Buddha's teachings, that you can see for yourself.  All beings are welcome to put them to the test and see for themselves.No miracles.  No divine messengers.  No text written in stone.No coercion. No fanaticism.  No bigotry. … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday!

In many lands, the full moon of May is celebrated as Vesak.This is not yet a  Hallmark card holiday, yet it's celebrated around the world, as Buddha's day.  (Many consider it a triple celebration: day of his birth, of his enlightenment, and of his final transformation unto ultimate nirvana.) Wikipedia notes : Celebrating Vesākha also means making special efforts to bring happiness to the unfortunate like the aged, the handicapped and the sick. To this day, Buddhists will distribute gifts in ca … [Read more...]

News from EcoBuddhism

I'm reminded that both ecology and economy begin with "Eek!"   Meanwhile — some news landed in our InBox today from EcoBuddhism whom I am passing along to you — as of possible interest.  (¿Perhaps there's more to it than "Eek!" ? ! )Their site is an abundant cornucopia of educational and activist resources. Newly available are an array of videos — as a  "carefully chosen multi-dimensional learning tool" — in each of ecobuddhism's four domains:science wisdom solutions mindEcobuddhism is … [Read more...]

Cyber-Buddhism : A Monk’s Report from Malaysia

[ This week being devoted to science at Patheos, this news item caught my eye. Today, science and technology go hand-in-hand.  In fact, the tools themselves often upstage the science.  You might compare your own use of computers to that of Master Zhong Hong, in general, and consider the role of computers to your own spiritual life.   — GG] Promoting Buddhism online MySin Chew, May 20, 2010 Ipoh, Malaysia -- We can hardly survive without computers in this technology age these days, as a matter of … [Read more...]

Recipes for an Ordinary Happy Life :: Interview with Karen Maezen Miller (Part 2 of 2)

Continuing from Part 1, Karen Maezen Miller here addresses meaning, meditation, and the sacred in the mundane.:.You write, "The search for meaning robs our life of meaning" Are you saying there is no meaning? And if there is meaning, what is it, in your view?It is the search that leads us astray. The meaning is always at hand in this moment. This moment right now is the fruit of an infinite past and the seed of a limitless future. How can you find more meaning than that? You can't.A … [Read more...]


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