Please Support My Fundraising Campaign for Buddhist Global Relief’s 2013 “Walk to Feed the Hungry”

This year, I'm once again participating in Buddhist Global Relief's "Walk to Feed the Hungry" in Santa Monica. My fundraising goal is $1,000, and I'm already 33% of the way there. The walk is on November 17th, and you can donate until then right here.  I hope you'll consider donating to support an outstanding cause.Founded by my friend Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, BGR is the visionary, Buddhist-inspired humanitarian organization that contributes to various relief and justice efforts worldwide, and do … [Read more...]

Roshi Joan Halifax Addresses the International Buddhist Confederation on Engaged Buddhism in Delhi

This via the Upaya Newsletter:Find out more about the work of the International Buddhist Confederation on Engaged Buddhism here. … [Read more...]

A Picture of Me and My Wife at Homeboy Industries…

My wife Steph and I were tickled pink to discover ourselves in the above picture posted on Homeboy Industries' Facebook page (and then their official website) the other day -- especially since it is our favorite local charity / lunch spot, and Fr. Gregory Boyle (the organization's founder and director) is Steph's hero (and one of mine too).When the photo was taken, we were there on a class field-trip for the "Buddhist Ministry and the Prison-Industrial Complex" course that I'm co-teaching at … [Read more...]

The Shutdown and the “Empathy Gap”

As I write this, the U.S. government shutdown is in its 12th day and 12th hour.Even though the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) – derisively called “Obamacare” by the right – was passed into law, and its constitutionality upheld by the Supreme Court, House Republicans have attempted (unsuccessfully) to repeal it 41 times. With democracy standing in their way, the G.O.P. has now decided to force this shutdown on all of us. This is more than simply a symbolic gesture, min … [Read more...]

It’s International Day of the Girl…

...and if you're looking for a way to mark the occasion, I strongly suggest supporting the cause of educating girls and women.As Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have written so powerfully: In the 19th century, the paramount moral challenge was slavery. In the 20th century, it was totalitarianism. In this century, it is the brutality inflicted on so many women and girls around the globe: sex trafficking, acid attacks, bride burnings and mass rape.Yet if the injustices that women in … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW: Brad Warner, Author of There Is No God and He Is Always with You: A Search for God in Odd Places

At his Wikipedia page, Brad Warner is described as "an American Sōtō Zen priest, author, blogger, documentarian and punk rock bass guitarist." Trained and ordained by Gudo Wafu Nishijima in Japan, he is also the founder of Dogen Sangha Los Angeles.Brad is also the author of such dharma books as Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies & the Truth About Reality; Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye; Zen … [Read more...]

Five Buddhist Lessons in Light of the U.S. Government Shutdown

As everyone should know by now, the U.S. government officially shut down earlier this week. House Republicans are refusing to submit a spending bill that does not include provisions to delay and/or cripple the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590). Since the passage into law of what they derisively call "Obamacare," the GOP has been collectively engaged in the throes of an increasingly overbearing and consistently unsuccessful tantrum; they have tried and failed to repeal it a wh … [Read more...]

S.N. Goenka (1924-2013)

As many of you probably know by now, S.N. Goenka, the preeminent lay teacher of Vipassanā meditation in the tradition of U Ba Khin and founder of the Dhamma Giri Meditation Centre, passed away a few days ago.Some of the best write-ups about his life and work are those by Erik Braun for the Tricycle blog, Sharon Salzberg for The Daily Beast, and Justin Whitaker for American Buddhist Perspective. I recommend that you take a look at each of them.In addition to being one of the titantic fi … [Read more...]