Sign an ACLU Petition on Behalf of Sixth Grade Buddhist Who Was Victim of Religious Discrimination at Louisiana School

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Almost two weeks ago, I told you about the lawsuit filed by the ACLU alleging that an anonymous sixth grade Buddhist in Louisiana known only as "C.C." who was told that his or her religion was "stupid," and that he or she should transfer to a school with "more Asians." The ACLU has now posted a petition to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at their action center that you can sign to help the young pupil, his family, and the case. It includes a personal statement from the parents, Scott and … [Read more...]

Waylon Lewis Interviews Fleet Maull for Elephant Journal

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The title says it all, folks! Lewis, the editor of the online magazine devoted to "the mindful life," speaks to Maull, the noted engaged Buddhist teacher and Prison Mindfulness Institute founder to whom the prison dharma movement owes much. Elephant Journal describes the full Google Hangout this way: Waylon talks with senior Buddhist teacher Fleet Maull about prison reform, shadows, national karma, his amazing story, mindfulness and gated community spirituality. You can watch it all … [Read more...]

Janet Gyatso Writes about the Crisis of Self-Immolations in Tibet for the Tricycle Blog

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Dr. Janet Gyatso, the Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies at Harvard University, has an extensive new piece on the self-immolations in Tibet that has just been posted at Tricycle: The Buddhist Review's blog. Entitled "In the Face of Tragedy", the essay begins with Gyatso recanting much of an earlier piece she wrote on the subject and then explaining why. Here's a snippet: [Previously] I argued that in self-immolating, monks both stood for and instantiated the power of Buddhism (and … [Read more...]

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi’s Op-Ed for Truthout: “Clearing Our Heads About Keystone”

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Our friend Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi branches out from his wonderful op-eds at Tricycle's blog, and drops knowledge and compassion on Truthout this week with an excellent op-ed responding to the recent US State Department Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline: "Clearing Our Heads About Keystone". It should go without saying that this is a must-read. Here's a snippet. There is a fixed ceiling to the quantity of carbon we can release into the atmosphere without setting off … [Read more...]

Brooklyn Zen Center Hosting Panel on Gun Violence with Angel Kyodo Williams and Others on April 5th

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A tip of the hat to Shambhala Sun Space web editor Rod Meade Sperry for bringing this event and its particulars to our attention. The panel -- which is entitled "Social Messages and Gun Violence – How are we communicating the devaluation of life?" -- is described in full this way: Within our society is there a pervasive life-devaluing message that contributes to gun violence in our communities? If so how does it contribute and by what means are these messages delivered? Who is most … [Read more...]

Dr. Lewis Lancaster Speaks about His Years of Work in Prison Dharma Efforts

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Buddhist Door International recently interviewed my friend Dr. Lewis R. Lancaster, the mighty and prolific Buddhist scholar, about his years of prison volunteer work, and you can watch the conversation below, via their YouTube channel. Dr. Lancaster was the first-ever recipient of the Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the groundbreaking program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a member of the faculty at the University of California-Berkeley for thirty-three years, as well as founder … [Read more...]

A Talk on Corporate Mindfulness by Google Executives is Disrupted by Protesters at Wisdom 2.0

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Tricycle: The Buddhist Review's Associate Editor Alex Caring-Lobel has the story (with video and some prophetic commentary) at the magazine's official blog. Here's just a snippet: Bill Duane, a senior manager at Google, attempted to neutralize the situation with "grace and compassion"—and more than a little condescension. He directed the crowd to "check in with your body" and "feel what it's like to be in conflict with people with heartfelt ideas" after a spirited tug-of-war for the banner … [Read more...]

Richard Gombrich on “What the Buddha Thought”

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This via the University of Hyderabad's Distinguished Lectures YouTube Channel: Date: December 4, 2013 Venue: CV Raman Auditorium, University of Hyderabad Topic: "What the Buddha Thought" Speaker: Prof. Richard Francis Gombrich, University of Oxford About the speaker: Prof. Richard Francis Gombrich is an Internationally renowned Indologist and a Scholar of Sanskrit, Pali, and Buddhist Studies. He was the Boden Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Oxford from 1976 to … [Read more...]

Sakyadhita USA’s New eZine American Buddhist Women

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Sakyadhita USA -- the United States branch of the Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women, “an alliance of women (and men) committed to transforming the lives of women in Buddhist societies" -- launched a new eZine at the start of the new year, entitled American Buddhist Women. "The response to issue No. 1 was extremely positive," the website states. "Lay and monastic Buddhist women from across the country emailed to say how much they liked the new eZine and what it … [Read more...]

“Making the Buddhist Practice of ‘Life Release’ More Environmentally Sound: A Birder’s View”

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Shambhala Sun Space has a terrific post up about environmentally-sound animal release ceremonies by contributor Konchog Norbu. Do take a look. Here's a snippet: I can’t explain why, but birding has been my main pastime (okay, obsession) for the past 17 years. As such, I’ve developed a wary view at best of the Buddhist practice of “life release”—reciting a blessing liturgy and setting animals free into the wild that would otherwise have remained in human captivity or killed. I’ve … [Read more...]