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Buddhism July 2012 Archive


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Vassa Begins

Tuesday July 31, 2012
(Image credit: Eddie Crimmins, flickr.com, Creative Commons License) Theravada monastics are about to begin the annual three-month "rains retreat," Vassa. I understand Vassa begins officially with the first waning moon day ... Read More

Not Speaking of Buddha Nature

Monday July 30, 2012
I've been working all week on an article on Buddha Nature. Buddha Nature is a Mahayana doctrine that defies explanation. English language syntax, the whole subject-verb-object thing, makes it very ... Read More

Are We Logical?

Thursday July 26, 2012
I've been working on an article on the Three Turnings of the Dharma Wheel. The Three Turnings are a Mahayana thing, if you haven't heard of them. The article is ... Read More

Skillful Teaching

Tuesday July 24, 2012
The historical Buddha taught in different ways for different audiences. Of course, what he taught was, in many ways, radically different from anything the people of his time had heard ... Read More

Dharma and the Aurora Shooting

Monday July 23, 2012
This week 12 people were killed and 58 wounded by a gunman in an Aurora,  Colorado movie theater. Random mass shootings are not limited to the United States, but we ... Read More

New Pew Survey on Asian-Americans and Religion, and an Old Controversy

Thursday July 19, 2012
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has come out with a new survey, this time focusing on Asian-Americans and religion. I haven't had time to look through it ... Read More

Tolerating Public Religion

Tuesday July 17, 2012
The recent "Help the Advice Columnist!" post describes a Nichiren Shu Buddhist who was heckled and ridiculed while chanting in a public park. Some of the commenters to the original ... Read More

The 11th Avenue Buddha

Sunday July 15, 2012
Here's a wonderful story that I heard this morning, about a couple who solved a problem with a Buddha. Dan and Lu Stevenson of Oakland, California, wanted to do something to ... Read More

Help the Advice Columnist!

Thursday July 12, 2012
The Salon.com advice columnist, Cary Tennis, has a new question from a Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist who says she was ridiculed for her chanting practice. So let's play "Dear Abby" and ... Read More

We Are Not Complacent

Wednesday July 11, 2012
Continuing on the theme of why Buddhism is not about detachment -- Brad Warner found a graphic on his Facebook wall that said "Buddhism, a Religion Based on Not Giving ... Read More

Practice as Tenderizer

Tuesday July 10, 2012
I said in the last post that I was going to write about no escape. And I am, but a funny thing happened on the way to the "no escape" ... Read More

A Great Surpassing Non-attached Love

Monday July 9, 2012
"A buddha is someone who sees the way things really are. When we see the way things really are, we see that we're all in this together, that we are ... Read More

The First Disciples

Thursday July 5, 2012
I've been writing biographies of the Buddha's major disciples.  I haven't gotten to them all yet. As I research, I keep running into new ones. The biographical information we have about ... Read More

Tibetans, Science, and Swimming

Wednesday July 4, 2012
I got a kick out of this Washington Post story about Tibetan monks and nuns learning science. The Tibetans had no science education before beginning the program, which is being ... Read More

Skillful Means With Both Hands

Tuesday July 3, 2012
Last week I posted a quote that described traditional Zen monastic training as teaching "mystical insight by means of ritual formalism." This is described a bit by Koun Franz ... Read More

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