Who Are My Heroes of 2014? Maybe You…

The Buddhist contingent at the People's Climate March in New York City, September 21, 2014. Photo by the author.

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Heroes of 2014. Read other perspectives here. Here is the prompt we had to work with: “December will see an array of blockbuster movies to entertain during the holidays. Two of these, Exodus: Gods and Kings (releasing 12 December) and Unbroken (releasing 25 December), draw on big stories—one ancient and world-shaping, the other contemporary and deeply personal. The tag line for Unbroken is ‘Survival. Resilience. Redemption.’—a l … [Read more...]

A Roundabout Defense of the “Mandala Form” for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s National Gathering

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That's the title of my latest post for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's Turning Wheel Media, as well as one of my recent talks for the recent Eco-Dharma Conference & Retreat at the Wonderwell Mounatin Refuge in Springfield, NH.Here's a snippet: Those participating in the environmental movement — and, by extension, the Eco-Dharma movement — have a problem to address. This problem finds its roots, I think, in exactly the things that [Katie Loncke and Dawn Haney] and the BPF raise with this … [Read more...]

No. 8 (in Absentia)

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Over at Tricycle's blog, the mighty Buddhist-feminist scholar Dr. Rita Gross has what I believe the kids call an epic takedown of the latest Patheos Public Square on "Expanding Leadership Opportunities for Buddhist Women". Do give the whole piece a read. Specifically, Dr. Gross calls out the framing of the discussion in terms of the "risks and benefits" of opening leadership up further to Buddhist women (what risks?), as well as the fact that the panel was made up of seven men (and no women at … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss Justin Whitaker’s New Interview with the Creators of transbuddhists.org

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My friend and colleague in Patheos blogging, Justin Whitaker, has a new interview with the creators of transbuddhists.org over at his blog American Buddhist Perspective. Do make sure you take a look at it.Here's a snippet: Who counts as “trans*” and why is it important for Buddhists today to understand the term?We use trans* (“trans” or “trans-star”) as an umbrella term to describe anyone who’s had an experience of their internal understanding of their gender not matching the gender they … [Read more...]

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi’s Message for Buddhist Global Relief’s 2014 Walks to Feed the Hungry [UPDATED]

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Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi has recorded a new video message to launch Buddhist Global Relief's 2014 Walks to Feed the Hungry. You can watch it below.The walks are described by Buddhist Global Relief in this way: The Walks to Feed the Hungry are walks at locations around the world. These events are designed to raise money for programs that combat hunger and improve livelihoods, to raise awareness of the problem of hunger in the modern world and to strengthen the community that addresses these … [Read more...]

A New Investigative Report on Wat Phra Dhammakaya for The Bangkok Post

"The controversial Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Pathum Thani province has created much debate about the state of Buddhism in Thailand." Photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin for Reuters.

Journalist Nattha Thepbamrung has a new investigative report on Thailand's Wat Dhammakaya, the hugely successful but also controversial Buddhist organization, at the Spectrum section of the Bangkok Post this week. Since it came out with its esoteric teachings on Buddhism in 1970, the secretive Dhammakaya temple and its adherents have been rumoured to be involved in illegal actions which are at odds with the traditional monkhood.Its critics say it is little more than a commercial venture, … [Read more...]

A Group of Exiled Tibetan Monks Stood in Solidarity with Protesters in Ferguson [TWICE UPDATED]

"These men have come to #Ferguson, MO all the way from India, where they live in exile, to bring a message of PEACE." Image via @AntonioFrench on Twitter.

[SECOND UPDATE: Joshua Eaton has a great article about the monks and their participation for Tricycle's blog today. Don't miss it. - 8/21/14][UPDATE: The Huffington Post has more on this story today. - 8/19/14]A tip-of-the-hat to the Buddhist Peace Fellowship for this one, which came to their attention via Rohin Guha, an editor at The Aerogram: There’s no denying that what’s been unfolding in the Missouri community of Ferguson has rattled people across the U.S. and the rest of the world. … [Read more...]

Thoughts On Jack Kornfield’s Shambhala Sun Piece About Burma

"Ethnic Rakhine men lurk outside homes burned in one of the many episodes of violent conflict between Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities, June 2012." Photo by Reuters.

Jack Kornfield has a new piece about the violence committed by Burmese Buddhists against Muslim Rohingyas in the latest issue of Shambhala Sun. You can read it online here, or download a PDF version of the magazine pages here.This is a snippet from the very beginning: On the surface, upcountry Burma is not very different than it was in 1971, when I first trained there as a monk in the monasteries of Mahasi and Sunlun Sayadaw. The green and dusty landscape is dotted with temples and golden … [Read more...]


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