The Editors of Tricycle Show Us the Way Following the Washington Navy Yard Shooting Rampage

The terrible shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, perpetrated by a disturbed young Buddhist named Aaron Alexis, has certainly been cause for a lot of reflection about Buddhism and violence in the last two days. "[Is this] the first American Buddhist terrorist?" my dear friend and Patheos colleague Justin Whitaker asked provocatively over at American Buddhist Perspective. The post inspired a response from Shambhala Sun's editor-in-chief Melvin McLeod, and was also discussed quite a bit i … [Read more...]

Misogyny and Sexual Assault are Still Missing Links in Conversations about Sangha Scandals

Image from the 2013 Buddhist Geeks Conference.

Two conversations about sex scandals in American Buddhist sanghas took place recently: one during the 2013 Buddhist Geeks Conference, and one in the pages of latest issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review (in which I also have an interview with Somaly Mam). You can follow the links provided for full video and full transcript, respectively. The Tricycle piece is a conversation between Jack Kornfield, Myoan Grace Schireson, Lama Palden, and Shinzen Young, moderated by Emma Varvaloucas. The Buddhist … [Read more...]

Jack Kornfield Demands Clean Power Now — Join Him!

Join Jack Kornfield in telling President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead -- just click this link. … [Read more...]

“Buddhist Ministry and the Prison-Industrial Complex” — A New UWest Course I’m Co-Teaching with Jane Naomi Iwamura

(L-R) The author and Jane Naomi Iwamura . Photo by .

This semester, as part of my fall course load at University of the West (where I am an associate professor and Chair of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Department), I'm co-teaching a brand new course with my fellow associate professor and Chair of the Religious Studies Department, Jane Naomi Iwamura. This is has been an exciting development, not only because of a great group of enrolled students and the opportunity to work with a most admired friend in Jane -- whose recent interview on New Books in … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW: Douglas Penick, Author of Dreamers and Their Shadows

Douglas Penick is a 30 year practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, a former research associate at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. He wrote the National Film Board of Canada's award-winning two-part series on the Tibetan Book of the Dead and the libretti for the operas King Gesar and Ashoka's Dream (with composer Peter Lieberson). Douglas has also written pieces to music by Philip Glass, for choreographer Katsura Kan, and on commission from … [Read more...]

“Buddhism Has a Big Role to Play in the World Today, and I Am Impatient Because Buddhists Don’t Seem to Realize That…”

...So begins Japanese cultural anthropologist Noriyuki Ueda's amazing interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, recently translated into English and posted on Tricycle: The Buddhist Review's blog. Seriously -- don't miss this one! Here's just a snippet of His Holiness in their conversation: When faced with economic or any other kind of injustice, it is totally wrong for a religious person to remain indifferent. Religious people must struggle to solve these problems. Read the rest … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Daughters of Dolma: The Spiritual Journey of Tibetan Buddhist Nuns in Nepal

Last year, I interviewed Alex Co, team leader of the documentary film Daughters of Dolma: The Spiritual Journey of Tibetan Buddhist Nuns in Nepal, for this blog. Along with five other friends, he has produced this wonderful feature-length documentary film that tells the story of three generations of Tibetan Buddhist nuns living in two nunneries in modern-day Nepal.Alex very kindly offered me a sneak peek at the film, and I must say: it's as remarkable a piece of film as its subjects are pract … [Read more...]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Has a Dream…

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