Archives for 2013

INTERVIEW: Brad Warner, Author of There Is No God and He Is Always with You: A Search for God in Odd Places

At his Wikipedia page, Brad Warner is described as "an American Sōtō Zen priest, author, blogger, documentarian and punk rock bass guitarist." Trained and ordained by Gudo Wafu Nishijima in Japan, he is also the founder of Dogen Sangha Los Angeles.Brad is also the author of such dharma books as Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies & the Truth About Reality; Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye; Zen … [Read more...]

Five Buddhist Lessons in Light of the U.S. Government Shutdown

As everyone should know by now, the U.S. government officially shut down earlier this week. House Republicans are refusing to submit a spending bill that does not include provisions to delay and/or cripple the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590). Since the passage into law of what they derisively call "Obamacare," the GOP has been collectively engaged in the throes of an increasingly overbearing and consistently unsuccessful tantrum; they have tried and failed to repeal it a wh … [Read more...]

S.N. Goenka (1924-2013)

As many of you probably know by now, S.N. Goenka, the preeminent lay teacher of Vipassanā meditation in the tradition of U Ba Khin and founder of the Dhamma Giri Meditation Centre, passed away a few days ago.Some of the best write-ups about his life and work are those by Erik Braun for the Tricycle blog, Sharon Salzberg for The Daily Beast, and Justin Whitaker for American Buddhist Perspective. I recommend that you take a look at each of them.In addition to being one of the titantic fi … [Read more...]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Aung San Suu Kyi Meet Again in Prague, Each Address Violence in Burma

Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly Online has more on this meeting of the two great engaged Buddhist icons here. … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW: Adam Kō Shin Tebbe, Director of Zen in America

Adam Kō Shin Tebbe is the director, producer and cameraman of currently-in-production documentary film Zen in America. In addition to his work on that production, Adam is also editor of Sweeping Zen, a popular Zen community website he founded in 2009. He also blogs for the religion section of The Huffington Post.Ko Shin has held an interest in North American Zen history for many years, and has been approached by James Ishmael Ford Roshi to co-edit a future 2nd edition of his book Zen Master … [Read more...]

The Editors of Tricycle Show Us the Way Following the Washington Navy Yard Shooting Rampage

The terrible shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, perpetrated by a disturbed young Buddhist named Aaron Alexis, has certainly been cause for a lot of reflection about Buddhism and violence in the last two days. "[Is this] the first American Buddhist terrorist?" my dear friend and Patheos colleague Justin Whitaker asked provocatively over at American Buddhist Perspective. The post inspired a response from Shambhala Sun's editor-in-chief Melvin McLeod, and was also discussed quite a bit i … [Read more...]

Misogyny and Sexual Assault are Still Missing Links in Conversations about Sangha Scandals

Two conversations about sex scandals in American Buddhist sanghas took place recently: one during the 2013 Buddhist Geeks Conference, and one in the pages of latest issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review (in which I also have an interview with Somaly Mam). You can follow the links provided for full video and full transcript, respectively. The Tricycle piece is a conversation between Jack Kornfield, Myoan Grace Schireson, Lama Palden, and Shinzen Young, moderated by Emma Varvaloucas. The Buddhist … [Read more...]

Jack Kornfield Demands Clean Power Now — Join Him!

Join Jack Kornfield in telling President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead -- just click this link. … [Read more...]