Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds

Beautiful Buddhist

Japanese Buddhist monk and make-up artist seeking LGBT+ equality in Japan. BEH LIH YI REUTERS / October 10, 2020  During a sheltered upbringing in a Buddhist temple in Tokyo, gay Japanese monk Kodo … Continue reading

2020/10/10 · Leave a comment

Communes in Rojava

Editor: This post explains the system of communal democracy that is being worked out day by day in the independent settlements of Rojava, Northern Syria. COMMUNES – THE BUILDING BLOCK … Continue reading

2020/10/10 · Leave a comment

Not A Monolith

By Hakeem Jefferson and Alan Yan Originally published in fivethirtyeight.com Oct. 6 2020 How The Two-Party System Obscures The Complexity Of Black Americans’ Politics Joe Biden has encountered a number of awkward moments … Continue reading

2020/10/07 · Leave a comment

Bring the Noise

Henry T. Blanke Bring the Noise: The Pleasures of Musical Cacaphony What does someone mean when they say of some music that it sounds like noise. Usually, it just means … Continue reading

2020/10/06 · 2 Comments

Oligarchy v. Grassroots

Editor: George Monbiot presents his theory on how oligarchs—the world’s richest and most powerful economic and political actors—have learned how to use media and democracy to persuade the poorest to … Continue reading

2020/09/29 · Leave a comment

Rojava: the Revolution Now Video Summit

You can read Abdullah Ocalan’s thesis on Democratic Confederalism for free here: http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=EA0E80F74CB21A50D02D7F36882DB54F

2020/09/26 · 2 Comments

From Boomer to Zoomer

Editor: this article from Buddhist Door Global is an in-depth look at Buddhist practice among Gen Z, here called the Zoomers. It implies, among other things, that the ubiquitousness of … Continue reading

2020/09/23 · Leave a comment

Smooth Spaces: Fragments on Jazz, Zen and Sports

Smooth Spaces: Fragments on Jazz, Zen and Sports by Henry T. Blanke Listen to the Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe (1967). Young virtuosos (Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams) … Continue reading

2020/09/18 · Leave a comment

Simms: the Great Unravelling

Author: Pamela Boyce Simms originally published at BuddhistQuaker. We are alive at this time to courageously bear witness to the unraveling. (textile by Adrienne Sloane) There are choices available to us, … Continue reading

2020/09/07 · 1 Comment

Pondercast: Best New Dharma Pod

I’ve been following Laurie Brown’s DJ work since she started The Signal, a late night CBC music radio show several years ago. The Signal featured off-beat and lesser known Canadian … Continue reading

2020/09/04 · Leave a comment


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