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American Buddhist Perspective

Novak Djokovic combines Buddhist Mindfulness AND Ethics with Tennis at Wimbledon

World number 1 tennis player (now #2 behind Nadal), Novak Djokovic has scraped through a tough match against the Croation player Marin Čilić and an equally thrilling contest with Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. That brings the Serbian Novak Djokovic once again to the Wimbledon finals (games start at 2pm GMT / 9am EST, Sunday, July 6th). Last year, [Read More...]

Off the Cushion

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Urges Buddhists to Cease Violence Against Muslims

Today, on his 79th birthday, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama — bless his good heart — devoted some time to speaking out publicly about Buddhist violence against Muslims in places like Burma, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. In front of the massive crowd that included Hollywood film star Richard Gere in northern India, the Dalai [Read More...]

Monkey Mind

Things Can Always Be Worse

Actually, I can think of circumstances where things probably can’t get worse, at least for the participants. It was on this day in 1804 that hostilities between Vice-President Aaron Burr and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton boiled over into a duel. Burr shot Hamilton who lingered for a day before dying. As I consider [Read More...]

Wild Fox Zen

New Morning in Portland, Maine, the Great Perfection, Etc.

After a wiggly and leisurely trip from Moorhead, MN (where those people do talk a lot like the FX show, Fargo, ah-ha, you betcha) through Duluth, MN, the UP (that’s Upper Peninsula of Michigan), Ontario, Vermont, New Hampshire and finally our new home state, Maine, don’t you know. There are certainly many incredibly beautiful places [Read More...]

As the Wheel Turns

A Zen Monk’s Letter to Adam Lanza

Dear Reader ————— What if you wrote a letter to Adam Lanza : what might you say ? Here’s one, from a young man who grew up at 22 Lake Road, Newtown, Connecticut. Born Douglas Bachman, he’s now a Buddhist monk, named Phap Luu, teaching applied ethics and the art of mindful living to students [Read More...]

Loving the Journey

#Patheos5Yrs: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Today is the 5th anniversary of the official launch of Patheos. Congratulations! It really is something to celebrate, because it is very difficult to start a website today and have it grow to the size and impact that Patheos has. Here's my story of how Patheos has impacted my life.

Faithfully Religionless: Timber Hawkeye at TEDxHonolulu 2012

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