Archives for 2013

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I’m a #LoveMore Ambassador!

I'm a #LoveMore Ambassador -- very proudly so, given the vision of the project and the person behind it (who is a great friend and an immensely gifted artist). Find out more about #LoveMore right here. … [Read more...]

“Mindfulness or Mindlessness?”

This video of a talk by noted Buddhist scholar Robert H. Sharf comes to us via NellaLou of Smiling Buddha Cabaret fame, and I think it is full of well-articulated points and insights that many Buddhist Americans ought to hear and discuss.In my own ways here at the blog I've tried to point us away from the faddish "McMindfulness" that consumes so much public conversation about Buddhism here in America, to a fuller and richer understanding of the Buddha's teachings; but I think Sharf does … [Read more...]

Do Archaeological Discoveries at Lumbini Really Change the Estimated Date of the Buddha’s Birth? [UPDATED]

Though this story doesn't yet seem to have an angle relevant to the social justice focus of this blog, a lot of people asked me this week about an article that appeared in the New York Times. The report details an archaeological discovery at Lumbini in Nepal, the site of the Buddha's birth, and suggests that it may influence how we estimate the timeline of the Buddha's life. Author John Noble Wilford says: Until now, archaeological evidence favored a date [for the Buddha's birth] no earlier … [Read more...]

Buddhist Global Relief’s 2013 Los Angeles Walk to Feed the Hungry

Last weekend, I had the great pleasure of participating in Buddhist Global Relief’s “Walk to Feed the Hungry” in Santa Monica, CA. My fundraising goal was $1,000, and I ultimately raised $1,135. For that, I owe a huge thank you to the following people... my parents, James and Dana Fisher Charles Prebish Maia Duerr Matthew Brensilver Yasmin Seneviratne and James Piper John and Jennique Bangs Horrigan Judy Hsu Debra Rogers Jeannie and Brian Rosenthal Philip, Katy, and Henry Miller Helen … [Read more...]

Calling All Funny Buddhists…

This from our friend, the great Buddhist scholar Charles Prebish: Dear Colleagues and Friends:John Negru (Karma Yonten Gyatso), publisher of Sumeru Books, and I are collecting a series of anecdotal stories for inclusion in a book we are editing called "The Little Book of Buddhist Humor." In difficult times, we feel that the Buddhist world has the opportunity to contribute to and inject some happy, Buddhist-inspired humor into our everyday lives.As such, we're inviting any of you who … [Read more...]

“Cambodia’s Marching Monks”

Al Jazeera English has wonderful, in-depth reporting and photography about the "Buddhist monks from Phnom Penh [who] have marched 25 kilometres through dense jungle into western Cambodia in protest against the environmental destruction of one of the country's few remaining pristine rainforests." Take a look here. … [Read more...]

A New Interview with Shodo Spring about her “Compassionate Earth Walk” from the Tar Sands of Alberta to Nebraska

Between the Lines has a new interview with Soto Zen priest Shodo Spring about her “Compassionate Earth Walk" from the Tar Sands of Alberta to Nebraska. You can read it here.Shodo's Compassionate Earth Walks are "a physical walk through the heart of North America, a moving spiritual community dedicating our energy to nourishing the earth, and an invitation to all humans to wake up, end the destruction, and return to our home in the community of life.”I previously blogged about her and a wo … [Read more...]