Archives for October 2012

How to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

In response to Hurricane Sandy, I'm just going to go ahead and post this press release from the American Red Cross in full:The American Red Cross is responding across multiple states as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast. The large and powerful storm could affect as many as 60 million people in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, and the Red Cross has workers and relief supplies in place to provide help to people in the path of Sandy. The effects of the storm are already being felt … [Read more...]

Why I Spent Some Time with Al Gore

At the end of August, I traveled just up north from my home in Los Angeles to Burlingame (outside San Francisco), where I was trained over a few days as a Climate Leader by Former Vice President Al Gore and others in the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. You might ask why I, as a Buddhist minister and ivory tower theologian, chose to devote so much time to learning from ex-politicians, climatologists, tech wizards, professional storytellers, and others. Well, look no further than the night befo … [Read more...]

Come See Daijaku Judith Kinst, Grace Schireson, Rev. Jennifer Block, and Me at the Arts of Contemplative Care Book Event at San Francisco Zen Center on Friday!

I wanted to make sure to share with you all here that I've got a chapter in Wisdom Publications' The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work, which is edited by Harvard Divinity School profs Cheryl A. Giles and Willa B. Miller.There have been and will be events on both coasts to promote the book, and I'm pleased to tell you that I will be at the Arts of Contemplative Care Book Event at San Francisco Zen Center this coming Friday, October 26th. … [Read more...]

A Big Thank You…

Following up on the recent post about my fundraising campaign for Buddhist Global Relief, I'm exceptionally pleased to report that I was able to generate 104% of my fundraising goal!!Unfortunately, I'm a little under the weather and had to bow out of participating in the walk itself. I was sorry not to have been there to walk with quite a few of my friends, but I'm sure I'll have another chance again in the future.The money raised will go to provide emergency food aid and promote greater … [Read more...]

Please Donate to My Fundraising Campaign for Buddhist Global Relief’s Walk to Feed the Hungry in Santa Monica

Last week, I posted about my recent Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Online interview with my friend Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi — the well-known and prodigious translator of Pali Buddhist texts into English, and founder of Buddhist Global Relief, the visionary, Buddhist-inspired humanitarian organization that contributes to relief and justice efforts worldwide. For that interview, we discussed BGR’s 2012 Walk to Feed the Hungry fundraising events.I went on to mention in the post that Bhante … [Read more...]

Please Check Out My Latest Interview with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi at Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Online

Please check out my latest with my friend Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi -- the well-known and prodigious translator of Pali Buddhist texts into English, and founder of Buddhist Global Relief, the visionary, Buddhist-inspired humanitarian organization that contributes to relief and justice efforts worldwide -- over at Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly Online. In it, we discuss BGR's 2012 Walk to Feed the Hungry fundraising events. Read the full interview here.The interview feels somewhat … [Read more...]

A Joint Buddhist-Muslim Statement on Inter–Communal Violence in Burma

Recently, I shared about a missive I had the privilege of collaborating on with my friend Joshua Eaton: an open letter from Buddhist teachers and scholars and others on Islamophobia. Joshua authored the letter -- with a few of us offering little tweaks and edits — and I put together a website for the letter and helped spread the word and generate signatures. The letter was motivated by recent news reports out of Burma and Thailand, as well as by the month of Ramadan.A new letter -- this one a … [Read more...]

A Petition to the American Academy of Religion

I just signed a petition to the American Academy of Religion. Organized by Carolyn Roncolato, a PhD student at the Chicago Theological Seminary, the petition notes: In light of this year’s American Academy of Religion annual meeting initially being scheduled at a boycotted Hyatt hotel, and the problems this caused for those involved, we are working to pass a resolution at this year’s annual meeting. The resolution declares that the American Academy of Religion will not patronize a hotel or conf … [Read more...]