Archives for March 2013

I Contributed a Chapter to Daniel S. Schipani’s New Book Multifaith Views in Spiritual Care

I have contributed a chapter -- "Three Yanas for Wise Caring: A Buddhist Perspective on Spiritual Care" -- to editor Daniel S. Schipani's Multifaith Views in Spiritual Care. It is the lone chapter about spiritual care from a Buddhist perspective in the book. The other chapters share approaches from six other religious perspectives.I'm very satisfied with how the chapter came out, and the volume as a whole is, I think, really something special and incredibly valuable. You can buy a copy of … [Read more...]

Two Excellent Pieces on Burma’s Rohingyas at Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

Tricycle: The Buddhist Review has two excellent pieces -- one in the latest issue of the magazine, and one published to their Awake in the World blog -- on the plight of Burma's Muslim Rohingyas. The magazine article is "Buddhist Nationalism in Burma" by Maung Zarni, and the blog post, an interview with Zarni, can be read here.Reuters reports today that attacks on the Rohingyas by Burmese Buddhists are rapidly increasing. The country's president, Thein Sein, has threatened to use violence to … [Read more...]

A Clip of My Recent Teaching on “Engaged Buddhism” at Long Beach Meditation

It's exactly what the title suggests! See below... (And do make sure to visit Long Beach Meditation online here.) … [Read more...]

You Must Read Matteo Pistono’s Magnificent Article on “The Engaged Buddhism of Sulak Sivaraksa”

It's in Kyoto Journal. DO NOT MISS THIS! Beautifully written, inspiring stuff. … [Read more...]

Watch the New Documentary Jesus and Buddha: Practicing Across Traditions for Free Online

This via Buddhist Art News: the new documentary Jesus and Buddha: Practicing Across Traditions is now available for free viewing online. The filmmakers were kind enough to send me a copy, which I plan to screen for our students in the Buddhist Chaplaincy Department at University of the West.The film is described in this way: Three leading figures in today’s Buddhist-Christian dialogue share their personal journeys in the new documentary “Jesus and Buddha: Practicing Across Traditions.” We le … [Read more...]

Buddhism After Half the Sky

Today, the two high school football players accused of raping a classmate, "in a case that drew wide attention for the way social media spurred the initial prosecution and later helped galvanize national outrage over the episode," were found guilty in Steubenville, OH. At the same time, another horrific gang rape occurred in India -- this victim a Swiss tourist to the country. In addition, South Africa has just announced an "unprecedented" investigation into "an alleged campaign of politically … [Read more...]

Patheos Blogger Erik Campano Talks to Sister Dhamma Vijaya of the Dhamma Moli Project

One of the great things about being a student on or faculty working for Antioch Education Abroad's Buddhist Studies in India program -- and I've been both -- is that you get to know Sisters Molini and Dhamma Vijaya of the Dhamma Moli Project. They are two brilliant, spunky, funny, and wise nuns, and their project does a tremendous bit of good.So I was thrilled to see "Sister D" interviewed by my Patheos blogging colleague Erik Campano at his spot here, Stories Untold. Do take a look! … [Read more...]

A Thought for International Women’s Day…

This from Emma Varvaloucas at Tricycle's Awake in the World blog: We American Buddhists like to think of ourselves as free from all of these ugly -ists that afflict the rest of the United States and the world. We don't like to talk about our sanghas being sexist. We don't like to talk about our sanghas being racist. We don't like to talk about our sanghas being agist or homophobic or ableist, because we can't possibly reconcile the idea that we might be perpetuating harmful societal structures … [Read more...]