Moyers & Company Ask Clair Brown, “How Would Buddha Organize Our Cutthroat Modern Economy?”

"In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 photo, a Buddha statue is silhouetted by the sun on the hill of Phmon Baseth, outskirt of Phnom Penh, Cambodia." Photo by Heng Sinith.

A few weeks ago, I brought you news about a sophomore seminar being offered this term at UC-Berkeley that is called “Buddhist Economics.” Now, Bill Moyers' program Moyers & Company have a new interview with the professor, Clair Brown, in which they ask "How Would Buddha Organize Our Cutthroat Modern Economy?" Here's a snippet: What would Buddha say about workplace conditions and labor relations? Would a Buddhist economy require a corporate model that’s different from the … [Read more...]

Now You Can See the Tentative Schedule and Presentation Abstracts for the Upcoming Academic Conference on Buddhism and Social Justice

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Last summer, I brought you news about the upcoming academic conference on Buddhism and social justice that will be held at Leiden University from April 23-25. The conference program is now online along with you abstracts for each presentation. The schedule is below, and you can find/download the rest here. CONFERENCE PROGRAMME (TENTATIVE PROGRAM) Wednesday 23 April 9:30-10:30 *Jonathan Silk *- *Buddhism and Social Justice: What are we doing?* 10:30-10:45 Coffee … [Read more...]

Hozan Alan Senauke Offers a Look at the Religious Violence in Burma for Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Online

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Hozan Alan Senauke -- founder of the Clear View Project, one of the founders of Think Sangha, vice-abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center, former executive director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, and author of the brand new book Heirs To Ambedkar: The Rebirth of Engaged Buddhism in India -- has a new piece up at Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly Online entitled "The Fire This Time: A Look at the Religious Violence in Burma". Here's a snippet: Burma seems headed into a maelstrom … [Read more...]

Happy 81st Birthday, Sulak Sivaraksa!

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Thanks, Matteo Pistono, for the reminder! For the uninitiated, Sivaraksa is Thailand’s preeminent social activist and one of the titans of the modern engaged Buddhist movement. He founded and currently directs Thailand’s Sathirakoses-Nagapradeepa Foundation, and also serves on the advisory board of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists. In addition to all his work as an activist, organizer, and social critic in Thailand, he has served as chair of the UN’s Asian Cultural … [Read more...]

Roshi Joan Halifax Talks “Sexism, Mindfulness, Ethics, and Grief” with Elephant Journal’s Waylon Lewis

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Waylon Lewis offers another fun conversation through Elephant Journal, this one with our friend Roshi Joan Halifax -- one of the modern engaged Buddhist movement’s great heroines. A Zen priest, anthropologist, shaman, activist, and author, Roshi is also the founder, abbot, and head teacher at Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Elephant Journal describes the full Google Hangout this way: Mindfulness meditation gets used by the military, Silicon Valley, and … [Read more...]

ANNOUNCEMENT: I Will Be One of the Contributing Teachers to the Eco-Dharma Conference & Retreat 2014

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I'm pleased to share with you all that I will be one of the contributing teachers to the upcoming Eco-Dharma Conference & Retreat 2014, which will be held this year at the Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH, from August 7 - August 11, 2014. You can find out more about the event at Wonderwell's website or on Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly's Calendar page. The keynote speaker for the event will be the great David Loy, and, in addition to myself, contributing … [Read more...]

Al Jazeera English’s The Stream Looks at Buddhist Nationalism in Sri Lanka

"Monks of Sri Lanka’s hardline Buddhist group Bodhu Bala Sena pray during a protest rally urging boycott of consumer goods with Halal certification in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb. 17, 2013." Photo by Eranga Jayawardena for the Associated Press.

The Al Jazeera English program The Stream recently devoted an entire episode to the issue of Buddhist nationalism in Sri Lanka. Here's a description of the episode from their website: Hardline Buddhist monks are targeting Muslims and Christians in Sri Lanka, where the civil war’s end has spurred a new wave of sectarianism bent on preserving Sinhalese culture. Since the conflict ended nearly five years ago, groups like Bodu Bala Sena have emerged as Sri Lanka's self-appointed watchdogs of … [Read more...]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Support for Gay Marriage in Light of Past Comments

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Shambhala Sun Space recently noted His Holiness the Dalai Lama's support for gay marriage (and denunciation of violence against and harassment of LGBTQI people) during an interview with Larry King (see below). Additionally, Barbara O'Brien at Barbara's About Buddhism Blog reminds us that His Holiness' past comments on homosexuality have not always read as supportive. In fact, Barbara sees His Holiness' comments to King as inconsistent with what he has said in the past on the matter. She … [Read more...]

“Buddhist Economics”: A Sophomore Class at UC-Berkeley

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The UC-Berkeley News Center has just issued a new story about a sophomore seminar being offered this term at the institution that is called "Buddhist Economics." [UC Berkeley economist Clair Brown] said she created the one-unit Buddhist Economics course after students in her Introductory Economics (Econ 1) class expressed frustration with the relentless Madison Avenue message that more is better, economic growth paves the path to a better life and “retail therapy” is a quick trip to … [Read more...]

#McConnelling

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I confess that I couldn't resist Jon Stewart's invitation to participate in #mcconnelling. You'll find my contribution below. For more on the phenomenon, check out this article from the Daily Mail, which explains: An unconventional campaign ad featuring video clips of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has brought parodies out of the woodwork, mocking the Kentuckian's choice to distribute a message containing pictures and music – but no words. The original ad appeared online on … [Read more...]