A Thought for International Women’s Day…


This from Emma Varvaloucas at Tricycle's Awake in the World blog: We American Buddhists like to think of ourselves as free from all of these ugly -ists that afflict the rest of the United States and the world. We don't like to talk about our sanghas being sexist. We don't like to talk about our sanghas being racist. We don't like to talk about our sanghas being agist or homophobic or ableist, because we can't possibly reconcile the idea that we might be perpetuating harmful societal structures … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk About Sex…

...Or, rather, let's talk about sexual assault.In case you've missed it, another sex scandal has come to light in Buddhist America, this time at the Mount Baldy Zen Center here in Southern California. The New York Times first reported the story in the press, and others followed shortly thereafter, including The Los Angeles Times. In a nutshell, according to an investigation by members of the American Zen Teachers Association, the Zen Center's abbot, Joshu Sasaki Roshi, "groped and sexually ha … [Read more...]

GUEST POST: Joshua Eaton on the New Journalism Platform “Tibet On Fire”


Today we present a guest post written by my friend Joshua Eaton, who will tell us about his exciting new journalism platform Tibet on Fire.At this point, Joshua should require no introduction at this blog. But just in case: Joshua is the editor, writer, and translator who founded the visionary Dana Wiki (www.danawiki.org) — an online resource meant to aid Buddhist Americans in community service work. A graduate of the Master of Divinity in Buddhist Studies program at the Harvard Divinity Scho … [Read more...]

David Loy Asks, “Can Mindfulness Change a Corporation?”

Tricycle blogger Emma Varvaloucas has the link, and a heck of a good post about it (with links to subject relevant Trike articles). Take a look! … [Read more...]

My Friends Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi and Joshua Eaton Talk Buddhism and Social Justice for Religion Dispatches

The title says it all! I'm incredibly psyched by this: two of very favorite modern Buddhist thinkers and heroes in conversation. Dig it.In addition, Bhante has a new essay at Parabola, and you can read that in its entirety here (h/t to Alex Caring-Lobel at Tricycle's Awake in the World blog for the pointer).I’ve interviewed Bhante many times before, and you can find those interviews here, here, here, here, here, and here. I’ve also interviewed Joshua twice — once for Shambhala Sun Spa … [Read more...]

O Happy Day!

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I’ll Be Giving a Keynote on Buddhism and Social Justice at the Association for Humanistic Psychology’s Winter Conference


I'm very pleased to tell you that I'll be a keynote speaker at this weekend's winter conference of the Association for Humanistic Psychology. I'll be speaking on social justice as it relates to both Humanistic Psychology and Buddhism. If I can make a recording easily, I may post it here in the future.Find out more about the AHP here. … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Mr. Neil Nguyen and the Little Saigon 2013 Tet Parade Committee [UPDATED]

"Gays and lesbians march with several groups in the 2010 Westminster Tet Parade. This year, the city is not sponsoring the parade, and organizers are excluding a gay and lesbian coalition from the Sunday event." Photo by Mindy Schauer for the Orange County Register.

[UPDATE: Well, folks, I'm sad to say that the 2013 Tet Parade proceeded without the participation of the Partnership of Viet Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Organizations. I very much appreciate Tricycle: The Buddhist Review giving this letter and the cause a push at their blog. To see other letters of support, you can download a full dossier here.]Last night, one of our remarkable students in the Buddhist Chaplaincy Department at University of the West asked for my help, and I … [Read more...]