“Ethnocentric Buddhism?”

"Buddhist monks protest near Shwedagon Pagoda against the opening of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation offices in Burma in October 2012." Image via Reuters.

Buddhologist Paul Fuller (who blogs here) has a new piece at the Democratic Voice of Burma that argues for a new term when discussing ethnic conflicts led by Buddhist monastics within countries like Burma, Thailand, and Sri Lanka: "ethnocentric Buddhism." He advances this term to be used in place of "Buddhist terror" or "Buddhist extremism," which have been used (most famously in Time Magazine) to describe phenomena such as the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force) in Sri Lanka and Wirathu's 969 … [Read more...]

David R. Loy Asks, “What Would the Buddha Do?”

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And what he comes up with makes for absolutely essential reading.Here's a snippet: Interdependence is not merely an insight to be cultivated on our cushions. A suffering world calls upon us to realize interdependence--to make it real--in the ways we actually live. If Buddhists do not want to do this or cannot find ways to do this, then Buddhism is not the spiritual path that the world needs today. Read the rest at the Huffington Post here.Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher. He … [Read more...]

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche Teaches on Universal Responsibility at Harvard Divinity School

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Rinpoche's organization, Mangala Shri Bhuti, has generously posted the entire teaching on their YouTube channel. You can watch the whole thing below.Rinpoche is, of course, the founder and guiding teacher of Mangala Shri Bhuti, current teacher of Pema Chödrön, and author of books such as It's Up to You: The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path.Here's the description of the teaching: In this one night seminar given to students at Harvard University's School of Divinity, Kongt … [Read more...]

“Is Meditation Selfish?” Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Elephant Journal’s Waylon Lewis Discuss…

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Waylon Lewis offers yet another fun conversation through Elephant Journal, this one with Sakyong Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche -- son of the Vidyādhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and the current head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and Shambhala International.Elephant Journal describes the full Google Hangout this way: Waylon sits down with Sakyong Mipham, Shambhala Buddhist Teacher, and talks about how meditation can help us create a more enlightened society. You can watch it all below… … [Read more...]

Ha Vinh Tho Delivers Naropa University’s 6th Annual Bayard and John Cobb Peace Lecture

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And you can watch the whole thing below!Here's the description from Naropa's YouTube channel: How can Gross National Happiness in Bhutan contribute to creating an enlightened society? This year's Bayard and John Cobb Peace Lecture at Naropa University will explore how engaged Buddhism can contribute to conflict resolution, reconciliation, and healing.Ha Vinh explains, "From Vietnam to Afghanistan and Darfur, my life has been intimately linked to war. Working with the International … [Read more...]


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