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Is Buddhism Still Hip?

Wed, 28 May 2014 19:43:51 +00002014-05-28T19:43:51Z

Dr. Andrew Skilton, Senior Research Fellow at King's College London, asks "Why is Buddhism so hip?"  And I thought, wow, we're still hip? I thought we had moved a bit past hip. Maybe London has different standards for hipness.

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Violence and Expression

Thu, 22 May 2014 11:23:48 +00002014-05-22T11:23:48Z

A few days ago His Holiness the Dalai Lama called for an outside inquiry into the continuing self-immolations of Tibetan Buddhists protesting China's policies toward Tibet. There have been more ...

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Japanese Buddhists Rally for Pacifism

Thu, 22 May 2014 09:35:13 +00002014-05-22T09:35:13Z

Clergy and lay Buddhists in Japan are protesting a proposed "reinterpretation" of the Japanese constitution. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to ask for Japan's strict limits on its use of military force to be eased. In particular, he wants to allow Japan's military to  fight alongside allies in the interest of regional security.

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Finding Yourself

Thu, 15 May 2014 13:51:59 +00002014-05-15T13:51:59Z

Truly, how the world appears depends a whole lot on where you are while you observe it. Nathan at Dangerous Harvests has a post up about what he sees as "two camps" of American (convert) Buddhism, and while there are such camps, they are only a small part of what I see from here.

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Vesak Today

Tue, 13 May 2014 11:57:18 +00002014-05-13T11:57:18Z

Japanese Buddhism doesn't "do" Vesak, exactly, and if it weren't for the nice person who sent me a "happy Vesak" email I may have missed it. But it's today, folks. So happy Vesak! Here's a photo gallery of Vesak images from almost around the world!




War and Sutras, II

Thu, 08 May 2014 10:11:32 +00002014-05-08T10:11:32Z

In the last post I started a critique of the essay "Making Merit Through Warfare and Torture According to the Arya-Bodhisattva-gocara-upayaisaya-vikurvana-nirdesa-Sutra" by Professor Stephen Jenkins. Beyond the inflammatory and inaccurate title, the essay does argue that the sutra condones violence. The arguments presented to support this view seem flimsy, however.

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War and Sutras

Wed, 07 May 2014 12:11:49 +00002014-05-07T12:11:49Z

I recently read a Mahayana sutra with the unfortunate title Arya-Bodhisattva-gocara-upayaisaya-vikurvana-nirdesa-Sutra, which I understand translates as "The Revelation of Transformational Activities in the Range of the Bodhisattva." The only English translation, by Lozang Jamspal, is from a 9th century Tibetan translation of the now-lost Sanskrit original.

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About the Blog

Thu, 01 May 2014 15:45:08 +00002014-05-01T15:45:08Z

I understand that About.com is dropping the blog feature from our sites soon. I'm very sad about this, but I understand they are setting up some other system that will allow us to continue to keep talking to each other. So do watch for that.

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Nobody Owns the Dharma

Thu, 01 May 2014 13:57:50 +00002014-05-01T13:57:50Z

Following up the "What to Do About Sri Lanka?" post from last week, and some of the comments -- Brad Warner had some similar reactions to his comments about the British woman deported for having a Buddha tattoo. "Most of the responses I got were pretty positive. But a few people objected. A guy on Twitter said, 'White Buddhist tells Sinhalese Buddhists about Buddhism.'"

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The Panchen Lama Is Still Missing

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:42:04 +00002014-04-24T10:42:04Z

These week Tibetan Buddhists are observing the 25th birthday of His Holiness Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, 11th Panchen Lama, who hasn't been seen since 1995. Tibetans still call him a political prisoner of China, but I suspect it's highly unlikely he and his family are still alive. We can always hope, of course.

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