Watch the Entire 1st Annual Symposium for New Scholar-Practitioners in Buddhist Chaplaincy Online


  Over at Dharma Cowgirl, Monica Sanford -- former student and current pal -- blogs about the recent symposium she put together at University of the West this past semester. In addition, she has video of the entire event (courtesy of student photographer Jascha Ephraim and Glenn Dunki-Jacobs in UWest's Extended Studies Department). She writes: Last semester I conducted a research study with interview subjects from among the UWest chaplaincy student and alumni cohort, with a promise to present … [Read more...]

David McMahan and Tricycle‘s Linda Heuman Talk Buddhism and Science on This Week’s Interfaith Voices Podcast


A big hat-tip to Tricycle: The Buddhist Review for this one: Buddhist scholar David McMahan and Tricycle contributing editor Linda Heuman are guests on the newest episode of Interfaith Voices, the nation’s leading public radio show on religion and spirituality, to speak about the longstanding dialogue between Buddhism and science. You can listen to the episode -- which explores both both the "roots [of Buddhism's relationship with science], and its potential problems for modern Buddhism" -- her … [Read more...]

“The Rise of Buddhist Feminism?”

Photo by Ye Tike for The Diplomat.

A new piece by Hanna Hindstrom appeared in The Diplomat this week, telling the story of "a few Thai women [who] are defying conservative Buddhist tradition to reinstate an ancient order." Here are a couple of key snippets:  The Sangha insists that the Bhikkhuni lineage cannot be revived, because new ordination ceremonies require at least five other Bhikkunis to complete – and this community of women vanished centuries ago. A Sri Lankan campaign to resuscitate the practice using female monks fro … [Read more...]

My Video in Praise of California Bookstore Day


I'm a little late -- the actual event was on May 3rd -- but I've produced a little video to sing the praises of California Bookstore Day. You can watch it at the end of this post.What is California Bookstore Day? Oh, I'm so glad you asked... California Bookstore Day is a statewide party on May 3, 2014 as big and varied as the state itself.  It’s more than 90 stores in more than 80 zip codes putting their bells on and throwing out the welcome mat. Think Record Store Day, but for book ne … [Read more...]

Watch the Full Video of UC-Berkeley’s “Buddhism, Mind, and Cognitive Science” Conference


UC-Berkeley recently hosted a conference on "Buddhism, Mind, and Cognitive Science," relevant to many conversations about Buddhism (including some that we look at here at this blog), and you can now see video of the entire event online for free. This from the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities website: This conference is dedicated to the exploration of the methodological underpinnings of the current encounter between Buddhism and cognitive science. Recently this encounter has been … [Read more...]



There have been some trenchant critiques of this social media campaign -- hat-tip to the great Mushim Patricia Ikeda for pointing that piece out -- but, given that it was, in fact, begun by a Nigerian activist (and not well-meaning-but-possibly-misguided Westerners), I'd like to show support by participating. In addition, as Nick Kristof pointed out today, "Ultimately, the greatest threat to extremism isn’t a drone overhead but a girl with a book." He continues -- and you'll want to read this wit … [Read more...]

UCLA Center for South Asian Studies Hosting “Buddhist Interventions in Myanmar: A Genealogy of ‘Political’ Monks” Colloquium on May 28th


UCLA's Center for South Asian Studies will be hosting an upcoming colloquium with Dr. Juliane Schober of Arizona State University entitled "Buddhist Interventions in Myanmar: A Genealogy of 'Political' Monks". Here's what the announcement says: This lecture explores the seeming contradictions between Burmese monks demonstrating for democracy and advocating loving kindness in 2007 and more recent reports of Buddhist agitation against Muslim minorities and communal violence perpetrated against … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Patheos!


I'm very pleased to join many blogging colleagues in wishing our site a very happy birthday: today, Patheos turns 5 years old!This from the website today: Since launching in 2009, Patheos has grown to be the largest independent religion and spirituality website. Many of the site's faith channels have become the largest online space for that community, so that Patheos now contains the largest Catholic website, the largest Atheist website, and the largest Progressive Christian website – all a … [Read more...]