George Takei to Be Keynote Speaker at Berkeley Jodo Shinshu Center’s “Being Gay, Being Buddhist” Seminar


Oh, my...This from Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly Online: Actor, activist, and humorous social media powerhouse George Takei is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at “Being Gay, Being Buddhist – The LGBTQ Community and Shin Buddhism,” a seminar being organized by the Buddhist Churches of America on Saturday, June 28, 10 am – 3 pm, at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley, California. Other speakers will include Pieper and Lois Toyama on “Parenting our LGBTQ Children,” and Rev. Kiy … [Read more...]

Min Zin’s New York Times Op-Ed “The People Vs. The Monks”


The New York Times continues its streak of good reporting and editorializing about the situation in Burma -- including Kenan Malik's blistering op-ed about how the anti-Muslim violence perpetrated by Buddhists in Burma should burst idealized notions about Buddhism, and Nick Kristof's recent series of columns and blog posts based on his recent visit to Burma -- with a new op-ed by Min Zin entitled "The People Vs. The Monks".Here's a snippet: Intellectuals have sometimes criticized monks, but … [Read more...]

A Video Discussion of “McMindfulness” at Elephant Journal


Waylon Lewis offers yet one more fun conversation through Elephant Journal, this one with Sean Feit, a Buddhism and Hatha Yoga teacher, and Jonathan McKeever, a digital marketing consultant who grew up in the Shambhala Buddhist communityElephant Journal describes the full Google Hangout this way: If Mindfulness is Separated from its Root is it Still Good for Us? Waylon chats with Sean Feit and Jonathan McKeever about the pros and cons of secular mindfulness. You can watch it all bel … [Read more...]

The Somaly Mam Scandal


As you may have heard, it has come to light, following reporting by Simon Marks for the Cambodia Daily and Newsweek, that Somaly Mam -- founder of AFESIP (Agir pour les Femmes en Situation Precaire, or "Acting for Women in Distressing Situations"), a Cambodian NGO dedicated to "rescuing, housing and rehabilitating women and children in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam who have been sexually exploited," and the namesake of the Somaly Mam Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit "committed to ending modern slavery … [Read more...]

ANNOUNCEMENT: I Will Be One of the Speakers at the Myanmar Muslims Genocide Convention 2014


I'm honored to share the news with you that I will be one of the speakers at this year's Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention. I will be speaking alongside a variety of excellent and helpful folks, including Dr. Gregory H. Stanton (President of Genocide Watch), Matthew Smith (Executive Director of Fortify Rights), Dr. Wakar Uddin (General Director of the All Rohingya Union), Naama Haviv (Assistant Director of Jewish World Watch), Tom Andrews (President of United to End Genocide), and … [Read more...]

Joanna Macy on “Staying Sane in a Suicidal Culture” for Truthout

Joanna Macy. Photo by Adam Shemper.

Dahr Jamail, a Truthout staff reporter, has a remarkable new interview with engaged Buddhist icon Joanna Macy now appearing at Truthout. It is well worth your time. Do give it a read. You can find it right here.Here's a snippet: Macy, during the interview I did with her for this article, warned of the consequences of not allowing ourselves to access the feelings elicited by our witnessing."Refusing to feel pain, and becoming incapable of feeling the pain, which is actually the root m … [Read more...]

NEWS: Ajahn Brahm’s Call for Gender Equality in Buddhism Blocked from the 2014 UN Day of Vesak [UPDATED TWICE]


This from the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils (FABC): Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering Women is No. 3 on the list of eight declared United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals, and is strongly supported by the FABC.One of Australia's senior monks, Ajahn Brahm, was invited to deliver a speech on Gender Equality at the UN Day of Vesak Convention in Vietnam in May 2014. Unfortunately, Ajahn Brahm was prevented from delivering his speech by a ban imposed by conference … [Read more...]



This via Climate Reality: This June 21st, the longest day of the year, a coalition of groups will come together in a National Day of Action to show support for switching to clean energy, fighting climate change, and the power of bringing solar power to communities all across the country.2014 has been a breakout year for solar. Solar equipment costs continue to come down and installations continue to grow. More solar energy generation has been installed in the U.S. in the last 18 months than … [Read more...]