Archives for January 2014

Great Stuff This Week at Sweeping Zen

I don't know how he's doing it, considering the fact that he's hard at work on what is likely to be a great and important film, but Adam Tebbe has some marvelous and relevant posts up at Sweeping Zen that you don't want to miss:Kokan Genjo Marinello Osho's statement "Abolish the Death Penalty" The wonderful Andy Cooper's "Recalling Nichidatsu Fuji" Adam's interview with the absolutely amazing Mushim Patricia IkedaKeep your eyes on -- I'm sure there's even more good … [Read more...]

Five Steps for Buddhist Leaders Willing to Accept Mandela’s Challege

"Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom... Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom." - Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) When I … [Read more...]

Meet My Newest Writing Tool…

This bittersweet BBC piece reminded me that I haven't yet mentioned here my first foray into writing for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's Turning Wheel Media (which I have long admired and appreciated). After a kind invitation from the brilliant and amazing Katie Loncke there, I gave her a piece that I've been working on for some time, which is about my newest writing implement: the Olympus SM3 portable typewriter (seen at left).A typewriter? In 2014? And what does a typewriter have to do … [Read more...]

On MLK Day, Go and Do Likewise…

The entire "Epilogue" from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by David J. Garrow (New York: Vintage Books, 1986), pg. 625: "By idolizing those whom we honor," writes black educator Charles Willie, one of King's Morehouse classmates, "we do a disservice both to them and to ourselves. By exalting the accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr., into a legendary tale that is annually told, we fail to recognize his h … [Read more...]

The International Dharma Teachers’ Statement on Climate Change

I signed, and I hope you will too.In addition, as previously mentioned, I am a trained and certified Climate Leader with Former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. As a certified Climate Leader, I’m charged to go forth and present on climate change to various groups and communities. I’ve decided that I would like to make Buddhist communities a special focus of mine in this regard. As a Climate Leader, it is my hope that by offering presentations with the best and most u … [Read more...]

My Five Favorite Dharma Books of 2013

Continuing the end-of-the-year lists for 2013, here are five of my favorite dharma books from 2013. (Unlike my list of five favorite films, I haven’t ranked these — they’re just listed alphabetically again this year just as they were last year.) Once again, I find that five is a hard number for trying to represent a broad spectrum of Buddhist traditions and perspectives -- for example, there's not really a title from the Theravada/Insight perspective this year (though both Mindfulness: A Practic … [Read more...]

My Five Favorite Films of 2013

Last year, I began a tradition at this blog of naming my favorite films of the year. (I say "favorites" because I think it's more honest; "bests" are pretty subjective most of the time, and yet seem to make claims to some kind of objectivity.) I'm a little behind the curve this year, but I present to you my list hoping that late is better than never... *     *     * 1. G-Dog, dir. Freida Lee MockIt may not be the flashiest of the bunch (though it has a higher caliber technical crew than a l … [Read more...]