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DIY Buddhist Subcultures

Why do western Buddhists insist on colonizing, cloning or otherwise reproducing the Buddhist culture of the past? of historic or contemporary Asia? Western Buddhists have to create our own culture, … Continue reading

2019/08/09 · Leave a comment

UN: Climate Change Threatens Global Food Supply

By Christopher Flavelle April 30, 2019 The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is … Continue reading

2019/08/08 · Leave a comment

Toni Morrison: White Supremacy is Pathetic

Toni Morrison passed away yesterday at age 88. In honor of her legacy of empowerment for Black Women and all people of color, I am reprinting her 2016 article linking … Continue reading

2019/08/07 · Leave a comment

Buddhist ‘Eco-monks’ Work to Protect Thailand’s Environment

Maab-Euang Meditation Center for Sufficiency Economy: Phra Sangkom is teaching Buddhist concepts of personal reflection and a theory called the “sufficiency economy developed by the late Thai monarch Bhumibol Adulyadej, … Continue reading

2019/08/06 · Leave a comment

Laurie Anderson Gets Religion

Sad, but true. The once great genius of the avant garde who blended pop and performance art, Laurie Anderson has retreated into her post-Lou Reed years as a Buddhist devotee. … Continue reading

2019/08/06 · 1 Comment

Undone: Video Dharma

I’m willing to explore any form of Buddhist-influenced culture other than the 4 Truths or ’emptiness’, so I offer this new series, Undone, available on Amazon Prime. Are we stuck in … Continue reading

2019/08/04 · Leave a comment

B. Bodhi at UN on Climate Crisis 2019

Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi addresses the General Assembly at the United Nations on Vesak, 2019. Quote: The discourses of the Buddha speak of the causal origins of suffering primarily in the … Continue reading

2019/08/03 · Leave a comment

Deep Adaptation: Climate Scientists Let Us Down

The following is the most recent article by Dr. Jem Bendell, sociologist and author of Deep Adaptation. He interviews a climate scientist with several decades’ experience in the field, and … Continue reading

2019/07/31 · Leave a comment

More Arriving: Sarathy Korwar’s Brown Jazz

    I always knew this was possible. I’ve been waiting for an album like this forever. Indian jazz that swings classical Indian timbres and scales, overdubbed with South Asian poetic … Continue reading

2019/07/29 · Leave a comment

Authoritarianism v. Anarchism in Western Buddhism

RefCon 5, the fifth Refuge Recovery Conference, was held in Chicago this month (July 2019). RefCon is an annual gathering of members of Refuge Recovery to celebrate progress for the … Continue reading

2019/07/28 · 10 Comments

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