“The Threat Effect” at Dharma Cowgirl

My pal, former student, and fellow UWest employee Monica Sanford has a terrific new post at her much-beloved blog Dharma Cowgirl this week that is essential reading: "The Threat Effect".In it, Monica recounts a story of accidentally locking her keys and dog Archer in her car. What's particularly striking, though, is the opportunity the incident provides for contemplating gender, safety, the workplace, and justice (among other things). Monica writes: Women are discouraged from pursuing l … [Read more...]

Buddha On Strike

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Kunsang Dolma on “The 7 Worst Excuses for Ignoring Women’s Rights”

Kunsang Dolma, author of Wisdom Publications' new title A Hundred Thousand White Stones: An Ordinary Tibetan's Extraordinary Journey, has a new piece published at Phayul on "the seven worst excuses for ignoring women's rights." It's definitely one you must read -- a personal and powerful piece of writing. Here's just a taste: We have had enough of excuses and delays, we need to move forward. When we move forward with women's rights the entire community will gain from it. Women's rights benefit … [Read more...]

A Call for Academic Papers on Buddhism and Social Justice…

This via Buddhist Studies at Leiden University... A NWO-funded Research ProjectCall for PapersA Conference on Buddhism and Social Justice 23-25 April 2014, Leiden UniversityMoving away from a common perception of Buddhism as intrinsically a tradition of peace and justice, our project—based at Leiden University—seeks to explore the various ways in which historically Buddhist societies have shaped, transmitted, and adapted Buddhist ideas and ideals about equality, fairness, and fre … [Read more...]

Check Out My New Interview with Michaela Haas at Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Online

I've got a brand new interview with my buddy Dr. Michaela Haas over at Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly Online that I hope you'll check out.Michaela is an international reporter, lecturer and consultant, as well as author of Shambhala Publications' recent book Dakini Power: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West.Dr. Haas is also currently a lecturer and research scholar in the Religious Studies department at the University of … [Read more...]

On the George Zimmerman Verdict

The police dispatcher that George Zimmerman spoke to on the night of February 26th, 2012, told him that the authorities did not need him to follow Trayvon Martin in his car. Not only did he continue anyway, he got out of his car with a gun, accosted Martin, and was ultimately responsible for shooting and killing him. Martin was a minor, guilty of no crime and walking home.Martin appears to have physically defended himself, and much has been made of this by Zimmerman's supporters. But so what … [Read more...]

Your Practice is Not All about You

I've found myself thinking quite an awful lot lately about two articles that appeared recently and have been discussed elsewhere in the Buddhist blogosphere of late: "Beyond McMindfulness" by Ron Purser and the great David Loy for The Huffington Post, and "The Morality of Meditation" by David DeSteno for the New York Times.Purser and Loy's piece speaks prophetically to something that has proven to bring as many problems with it as possibilities: the commodification of Buddhist mindfulness. … [Read more...]

Prayers and Practice for Bodh Gaya…

As many of you reading have probably heard by now, there has been a coordinated series of bombing attacks at Bodh Gaya, the site of the historical Buddha's enlightenment. Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly Online reports: Starting at 5:30 am, nine serial explosions occurred, beginning with four on the grounds of the Mahabodhi temple... One bomb destroyed the altar in front of the Bodhi Tree (thought to be a direct descendant of the original), though the tree was unharmed. Two monks were … [Read more...]