Archives for April 2013

A Portrait of Incredibly Dangerous Buddhist Islamophobia

A few days ago, I made mention of Burma's “mad” Buddhist monk Wirathu. A former prisoner, put behind bars for nine years on the charge of inciting violence against his country's Muslim population, he is referred to as the “Burmese Bin Laden” and has called for a boycott of Muslim businesses, made baseless claims about the Muslim minority, and used explicitly racist and Islamophobic language in his social media work.The Associated Press has just published a careful, clear, and absolutely horri … [Read more...]

Join the Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s April Phone Call on “Buddhist KXL Direct Action”

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I Got Engaged!

I'm very pleased to share with you all that three days ago, on my birthday, with a little help from the incredibly heroic and very dear New York Times columnist Nick Kristof, (see above), I proposed to my partner Steph and she said "yes."For the whole story, visit my official website here.I've blogged twice before -- here and here -- about the book Nick co-authored with his wife Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Certainly one of most i … [Read more...]

Why Did I Take My Class to Skid Row? (And Other Questions)

All is revealed in my new post at University of the West's Dharma Dialogue blog!For the uninitiated, Dharma Dialogue began last fall with a course taught by UWest's Chair of the Religious Studies Department, Dr. Jane Iwamura. That course was "Buddhism in the U.S.", and the posts from the students generated much conversation in the Buddhist blogosphere.This semester, it has been handed off to myself (representing the Buddhist Chaplaincy Department at UWest) and the students in my … [Read more...]

Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the Plight of Burma’s Rohingya People

Tricycle's Awake in the World blog has been doing an absolutely marvelous job of following news related to Burma's Rohingya minority, and continues this week with a post by Alex Caring-Lobel, who puts the spotlight on the "mad" Buddhist monk Wirathu. A former prisoner, put behind bars for inciting violence against Burma's Muslims, and who refers to himself (!!!) as the "Burmese Bin Laden," he has called for a boycott of Muslim businesses, made baseless claims about the Rohingya, and used ex … [Read more...]

On the Senate Defeat of the Manchin-Toomey Gun Background Check Compromise

I've already said in words everything I have to say about guns...months ago. You can read that here. As to the news this week from the Senate, I'll let the following memes do all the speaking. They capture all the things I'm thinking and feeling... * * * … [Read more...]

West, Texas

I think I speak for everyone reading when I say that the people of West, TX, the first responders to the tragedy, and others there are in our thoughts, prayers, and practice.If you'd like to know what you can do to help with efforts to help, the local affiliate of CBS News offers this useful link, and KBTX Media offers this one.In addition, ThinkProgress reports: The [West Fertilizer] plant hasn’t been inspected in the past five years, and in fact only six Texas fertilizer plants were i … [Read more...]


The people of Boston are in our thoughts, prayers, and practice.Be sure to read "Boston Marathon Explosions: How You Can Help" to find out how you can be of assistance. For comfort, I recommend that you take a look at "Stories of Kindness After the Bombing". "Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed. This is an ancient and eternal law." - The Buddha … [Read more...]