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Burma: The Revolution Now

For more info: Twitter #whatshappeninginmyanmar The people of Myanmar, comprised of not just Burmese Buddhists, but dozens of diverse ethnic, linguistic and religious groups, are fighting for and end to … Continue reading

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Get Engaged! Submit Your Beautiful Noise

ENGAGE! IS THE DHARMA OF CRITICAL ENGAGEMENT, social, scientific and spiritual. Our mission is to bring about awakening through the exploration of our deep interconnectedness, our interbeing with the phenomenal world. … Continue reading

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The Precariat: Japan’s Net Cafés

One of the critiques that came up in our recent Buddhist Peace Fellowship ‘listening groups’ was the sense that the Buddhist Left avoids talking about economic issues. In my work … Continue reading

2023/01/21 · 2 Comments

Buddhist Modernism

I consider it my mission, my job if you will, to kick off and push forward the project of Buddhist Modernism. What is Buddhist Modernism? First, it’s not the same … Continue reading

2023/01/18 · Leave a comment

Mudangchum Modernized

In case you haven’t noticed, dear readers, I’ve been presenting traditional Asian and Buddhist cultural forms that have been reinterpreted with modern technology and aesthetics for contemporary audiences. The point … Continue reading

2022/12/30 · Leave a comment

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Buddhism and The Multiverse Critics of the recent film Everything, Everywhere All At Once have remarked that this is quintessentially a film depicting Asian-American culture, the Asian worldview. And—they add—American … Continue reading

2022/12/28 · Leave a comment

Update: Congress Passed the BURMA Act

The Democracy for BURMA Act was included in the National Defence Authorization Act and was passed by both the House and the Senate. It goes to President Biden’s desk for … Continue reading

2022/12/16 · Leave a comment

Protests in Iran Continue w/o Morality Police

What Western media got wrong by claiming Iran abolished its morality police “I think it simply underscores that the global community wants a neat resolution to this story and is … Continue reading

2022/12/05 · Leave a comment

Voices of the People: Women in Iran

“When we say we are against mandatory hijab, we are saying we are against the Islamic State.” Protests have continued for two months, with 326 dead, 12,500 arrested. Yet the … Continue reading

2022/11/18 · Leave a comment

Why I am not a Communist or a Capitalist

[Editor: I wrote this in April 2021 and for some reason, never published it. Forgot perhaps? But it’s still relevant.] Why I am not a Communist or a Capitalist–and why … Continue reading

2022/11/04 · 2 Comments

Cyborg Buddhism Pt. 2: Android Kannon

“Artificial intelligence has developed to such an extent we thought it logical for the Buddha to transform into a robot,” said Buddhist Priest, Tensho Goto. This episode is available at … Continue reading

2022/11/03 · Leave a comment

Lines of Flight: Cyborg Buddhism

Lines of Flight is the subtitle for my explorations of culture within [post]modern Buddhism, under the main podcast entitled ‘Engage Dharma’ (I know, it gets complicated, but that’s how I am). … Continue reading

2022/10/19 · Leave a comment

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