Please Check Out My Brand New Interview with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi at Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Online

Please check out my brand new interview with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi -- the well-known and prodigious translator of Pali Buddhist texts into English, and founder of Buddhist Global Relief, the visionary, Buddhist-inspired humanitarian organization that contributes to relief and justice efforts worldwide -- over at Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly Online. In it, we discuss BGR's efforts in honor of this year's International Women's Day. Please do take a look -- these are very important ma … [Read more...]

I Can’t Say It Better than Bill Moyers…

...So I'm not even going to try. Here he is: … [Read more...]

Can You Help Janet Liang?

Please come to the bone marrow drive at the Dharma Seal Temple in Rosemead, CA, next Sunday, February 26th. It's an incredibly important cause, as the fliers below indicate.On this subject, see also a past post at my personal website, "Buddhists Represent for Mixed Marrow". … [Read more...]

Come See Ven. Karma Lekshe Tsomo Speak On “Buddhist Women and Social Justice” at University of the West on March 1st!

My home institution, University of the West, will be hosting the great Ven. Karma Lekshe Tsomo on campus for a lecture on the subject of "Buddhist Women and Social Justice." The event, which is free, will be held on March 1st, from 5:30 – 7:00pm in the Exhibition Hall at University of the West, 1409 N. Walnut Grove Ave., Rosemead, CA, 91770. A PDF flyer is below.For the uninitiated, the Ven. Karma Lekshe Tsomo is an American nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition; Associate Professor of Th … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW: Joshua Eaton Talks #OWS and @OccupyBuddhism

Joshua Eaton is the editor, writer, and translator who founded the visionary Dana Wiki ( -- an online resource meant to aid Buddhist Americans in community service work. A graduate of the Master of Divinity in Buddhist Studies program at the Harvard Divinity School, he also served as editor-in-chief of Cult/ure: The Graduate Journal of Harvard Divinity Schoolduring his time at the institution. Today, among other things, he is a contributing scholar at the Journal of Inter- … [Read more...]

Make Your Voice Heard for Tibet and the Tibetan People

This from the International Campaign for Tibet today: If you live in the United States, please send the following message to your Senators and urge them to cosponsor Senate Resolution 356, which:• mourns the death of Tibetans who have self-immolated; • calls for China to allow unrestricted access to Tibet to journalists, foreign diplomats, and international organizations; • asks for an accounting of Tibetans detained for peacefully protesting, and of monks forcibly removed from Kirti monas … [Read more...]

I Stand With Planned Parenthood

I can't say it better than the boilerplate provided by Planned Parenthood... I’m disappointed Susan G. Komen let anti-choice groups pressure them into ending funding for lifesaving breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers. Women’s lives can’t afford to be caught up in political battles. I stand with PP and hope you will too. Give to the Planned Parenthood Breast Health Fund right now and Mayor Mike Bloomberg will match your gift.[UPDATE: This morning, Susan G. Komen for … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW: Araia Tesfamariam, Director of Big Araia

Araia Tesfamariam is an independent film and TV producer who has worked with, among others, the preeminent American pastor T.D. Jakes. In addition, Araia is an old and dear friend of mine from college days.Araia is currently at work on a documentary entitled Big Araia. The film will focus on his late father, whom Araia never knew and about whom he knows very little. (In an incredibly powerful gimmick, Araia built the first trailer for the film out of literally all the images and information … [Read more...]