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Barbara O'Brien

Buddhism October 2012 Archive


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After the Storm

Tuesday October 30, 2012
Hurricane Sandy has come and gone. I woke up this morning gratified to find my electricity still works. I checked with my children, who live in Brooklyn, and they were ... Read More

Weather and Worry

Sunday October 28, 2012
Hurricane Sandy is expected to roll through my area Monday evening, New York time. I am no where near a flood zone and am prepared with flashlights, candles, water, and ... Read More

Logical Fallacies and Misbehaving Monks

Thursday October 25, 2012
At the Guardian, Mary Finnigan informs us that a senior Buddhist monk of Kagyu Ling monastery near Dijon, France, has been arrested on charges of rape. Yes, it appears we ... Read More

Buddhism and Devotion

Monday October 22, 2012
The truth is, all schools of Buddhism are devotional. Some are more so than others, of course. But even in Zen, which according to western popular culture is not noticeably ... Read More

Elephants for Buddhas?

Friday October 19, 2012
African elephants are being slaughtered at an alarming rate to satisfy demand for ivory. In central Africa especially the elephant population is shrinking rapidly. Most of the African ivory eventually ... Read More

Who Are "Convert" Buddhists?

Thursday October 18, 2012
Still snarking about something I read on a new website about Buddhism in the U.S. -- the author of this post writes that convert Buddhists in the U.S., with "important ... Read More

Racial Diversity in American Buddhism

Wednesday October 17, 2012
I want to say a bit more about the "Night-Light Buddhists" post on the Buddhism in the U.S. website. The website appears to be dedicated to the academic study of ... Read More

Forever Practicing, Forever Invisible

Tuesday October 16, 2012
More on what I find on blogs -- here is a two-part post called "Forever Young, Forever Invisible," that is supposed to be about children in American Buddhism, but which ... Read More

What Buddha Didn't Say About God

Monday October 15, 2012
I smacked into a couple of blog posts today on the question of what the Buddha said about God. And since the websites seem to think my comments are incoming ... Read More

Relying on Wisdom

Wednesday October 10, 2012
The last of the Four Reliances is "Rely on wisdom, not on consciousness." Sometimes that is translated "Rely on wisdom mind, not discriminating mind." I'm sorry I couldn't find a ... Read More

The Receptive Mind

Tuesday October 9, 2012
Before crashing ahead to the last of the Four Reliances, I'd like to share something I found on the Web yesterday. Here is a delightful quote from the scholar/theologian Karen ... Read More

Relying on the Deeper Meaning

Monday October 8, 2012
The next of the Four Reliances is either the third or the fourth, depending on the source, and it's also the one that seems hardest to translate.  Sometimes it is ... Read More

Relying on the Meaning

Wednesday October 3, 2012
The second of the Four Reliances is "Rely on the meaning, not the words." I think this may be harder for some of us than others. Since the deeper wisdom ... Read More

Relying on the Dharma

Tuesday October 2, 2012
I'm still looking at the Four Reliances (or Reliables), which are guides for practice found in several Mahayana texts. I've learned that the original Sanskrit word translated as "reliable" is ... Read More

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