You Can Help Make the Eco-Dharma Conference a Reality!


As I previously mentioned, I will be one of the contributing teachers to the upcoming Eco-Dharma Conference & Retreat 2014, which will be held this year at the Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH, from August 7 – August 11, 2014.The keynote speaker for the event will be the great David Loy, and, in addition to myself, contributing teachers include Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Colin Beavan, Dr. Kritee Kritee, Lama Willa Miller, David Stember, Vincent and Emily Horn, and Patrick Gro … [Read more...]

The New York Times and Foreign Policy on the Expanding Buddhist Violence in Burma

"Myanmar Buddhist monks march as they stage a rally against recent violence in central Myanmar, Friday, July 4, 2014, in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar's second-largest city is quiet Friday after an overnight curfew restored calm following two nights of violent rampages by extremist Buddhists. Authorities imposed the curfew in Mandalay late Thursday after attacks on minority Muslims left two people dead and 14 injured, raising fears that ethnic violence that has plagued the country for two years may escalate again. The banner reads 'Stop Jihad War.'" Photo by Khin Maung Win for the Associated Press.

The New York Times reports this week on "a resurgence of religious violence [that] left two people dead and more than a dozen injured" in Mandalay, Burma's second-largest city (behind Yangon).Religious violence, which has left more than 250 people dead and close to 150,000 homeless since rioting broke out in western Myanmar in June 2012, has been a major setback for Myanmar’s transition from a military dictatorship to democracy. The government of President Thein Sein says it is trying to c … [Read more...]

Pema Chödrön Visits Homeboy Industries

Image via Pocho-one Fotography.

This via our friend Sarit Rogers at the Lovemore Movement: Pema Chödrön apparently visited Los Angeles' magnificent Homeboy Industries this week.Homeboy posted the above photo on their Facebook page yesterday, with the caption: Father Gregory Boyle visited with Pema Chödrön last week. She is a beloved Buddhist teacher, author, nun and mother. Millions of people from around the world have been inspired and touched by her example and message of practicing peace in turbulent times. Pema Chödrö … [Read more...]

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

Photo by Jeffrey Lott.

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...]