Anna North on the “Mindfulness Backlash” for the New York Times‘ Op-Talk Blog

Image by Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times.

Writer Anna North has a new post on the "mindfulness backlash" for the New York Times' Op-Talk blog. In it, she writes: [For Dr. Willoughby Britton] mindfulness in its original Buddhist tradition “is not about being able to stare comfortably at your computer for hours on end, or get ‘in the zone’ to climb the corporate ladder” — it’s about gaining insight into the human condition.She’s not the only one to question the emphasis on meditation as a path to productivity. In Salon earlier this ye … [Read more...]

The Taipei Times Reveals How Christian Organizations Are Working with Taoists and Buddhists to Influence Government Policy on Same-Sex Marriage [UPDATED]

"Huang Mei-yu (R) and her partner You Ya-ting attend their Buddhist wedding ceremony in Taoyuan, Taiwan, on Saturday." Image via CNN.

The Taipei Times has published the first of a two-part series by Ho Yi today, in which the author "reveals how Christian organizations have formed anti-gay alliances with Taoist and Buddhist groups to influence government policy on same-sex marriage." Here's a snippet: Twenty-seven years after the lifting of martial law [in Taiwan]...the country has become one of the most gay-friendly in Asia. The government no longer rounds up gay activists, and recent polls indicate that more than half of re … [Read more...]

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa: The Tibetan Cause is “an Environmental Issue” [UPDATED]

"The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje at the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom, New York, America." Image via the Telegraph.

The Telegraph has a new interview with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, who is visiting Europe for the first time. His environmental work receives special focus in the piece. Author Mick Brown writes: In recent years, he has taken a particular interest in the environment, establishing his own environmental organisation, Khoryug, which last year hosted a conference in Delhi on water supply. Many of the world’s great rivers flow out of the Tibetan Plateau — the Yellow River, Yan … [Read more...]

Ven. Bhikkhuni Santussika on The People’s Climate March


The latest issue of Helping Hands, the newsletter of Buddhist Global Relief, features a piece by Ven. Bhikkhuni Santussika, on the upcoming People's Climate March. In the article, in which she explains the intention of the gathering to "bend the course of history," Ayya Santussika writes:  As our Dharma practice deepens, it begins to inform and influence everything we do, including how we engage with the important moral and social issues of our times. At this moment in human history, the u … [Read more...]

“Buddhist Economics: An Oxymoron?” with Dr. Donald K. Swearer

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Not long ago, a user posted a video to YouTube of the great Buddhologist Donald Swearer giving a talk for School of Advanced Research on the subject "Buddhist Economics: An Oxymoron?" The talk, initially delivered on March 18th, 2010, at the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, is described by the SAR this way: We usually associate Buddhism with meditating monks and temple rituals, rather than the mundane realities of day-to-day economic and political life. This notion, however, belies a … [Read more...]

“History (or Her-story) of Women in Buddhism” with Ayya Tathaaloka


This via Ayya Tathaaloka Bhikkhuni's YouTube channel: In February of 2013 in Petaluma, Northern California, Ven. Tathaaloka Theri was asked to share her knowledge of the History or Her-story of Women in Buddhism. Ayya Tathaaloka is one of a few monastic scholars who have studied this subject deeply, but in the texts and epigraphy. Her knowledge of the subject is fascinating and inspiring, different from what we may commonly read, shedding light on both the environment for women in which … [Read more...]

The Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention 2014 [UPDATED]


As I mentioned in a past post, I was one of the speakers at this year's Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention 2014, which was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center this past Saturday.(As regular readers may remember, I wrote a special report for this blog about the Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention 2013. You can read that post here.)I spoke alongside a variety of excellent and helpful folks, including Dr. Gregory H. Stanton (President of Genocide Watch), Matthew Sm … [Read more...]

My Breakfast Featured on Academic Breakfast!


I'm pleased to share the news that my breakfast has been featured on Academic Breakfast, and you can see it here.What is Academic Breakfast, you ask? Oh, I'm so glad you did. This article from Inside Higher Ed will introduce you. Here's the bit: The website invites academics to post a photograph of their breakfast, and to answer six quick questions: where they live, their institution, their job, their research in five words, their breakfast in five words, and their food philosophy in 10 … [Read more...]