Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds

Foucault, Derrida and Buddhism

I’m excited about a great new book that’s just out in 2016: Edwin Ng’s Buddhism and Cultural Studies: A Profession of Faith. This is a critical contribution to Buddhist social … Continue reading

2016/10/05 · Leave a comment

Call Me By My True Names

Gay Marriage Rally 2008; poem presented by Zen priest Jana Drakka. Notice that “names” is plural. And I love the way Jana Drakka translates ancient Buddhist teaching into contemporary language.

2016/09/25 · Leave a comment

Children of a Lesser Buddha

I was having dinner with some Buddhist friends recently. I started to tell them about my interest in Theravada Buddhism, particularly my interest in the Navayana or “new vehicle” of … Continue reading

2015/05/09 · 3 Comments

A Light Refreshment Break: David Lynch’s Surreal Promo for Transcendental Meditation

For all you Emptiness/Nondual junkies in Halo-fax: enjoy your direct experience. And to compliment the surreality of David Lynch is the sardonic genius of Chogyam Trungpa: MINDFULNESS IS NOT A … Continue reading

2015/04/28 · Leave a comment

Rising Up to End Sexual Abuse in Buddhist Communities Part 1

A Five-Part Series on Sexual Exploitation in Buddhist Communities. Part 1: BPF Rising Up to End Sexual Abuse in Buddhist Communities Link to original article in BPF Turning Wheel Media: http://www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org/rising-up-to-end-sexual-abuse-in-buddhist-communities/ Video Transcript … Continue reading

2015/04/19 · 2 Comments

Pema: Flowing with Change

When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax … Continue reading

2015/01/10 · Leave a comment

Hartz: Some Notes On Buddhist & Marxist Dialectics

Today I am very glad to introduce Jim Hartz as a regular contributor to Engage! Jim is an author, teacher and lifelong student of Chögyam Trungpa. Jim teaches ‘Buddhism without … Continue reading

2015/01/09 · Leave a comment

Compassion Demands Engagement

The central guiding principle of Buddhism is compassion and concern for the world in which we live. It’s the idea of interdependence—that our actions dictate the experience of others. I … Continue reading

2015/01/09 · Leave a comment

Bhakti and Buddhanature

Bhakti is the practice I use to turn ’emptiness’ into compassion. When you realize everything is empty, then you realize that everything is buddhanature. In Hindu or theist terms, buddhanature is divine. … Continue reading

2015/01/09 · Leave a comment

Payam Akhavan: B’Hai Human Rights Jurist on Empathy, Interdependence

Last night I listened to the CBC broadcast of Payam Akhavan’s speech on his work as a war crimes investigator for the UN, and as a jurist at the Int’l … Continue reading

2015/01/07 · Leave a comment


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I do Tai Chi with Paul Read, the Teapot Monk, @ 21st Century Tai Chi Academy https://www.21stcenturytaichi.com/academy/89szm