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Now It’s All of Us

What has just begun at the Inauguration of Donald Trump is the class war to end all class wars. Lately I’ve been thinking that this election is indeed a class war, … Continue reading

2017/01/20 · 5 Comments

EPA ‘failing’ on environmental justice

EPA is ‘failing’ its environmental justice obligations, civil rights watchdog says Coal ash was front and center in the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights report. CREDIT: FLICKR/Alan Greig The Environmental Protection Agency is … Continue reading

2016/09/26 · 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

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

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

Teachers, Not Gurus

I learn from teachers. I refuse to follow gurus. Modern history is replete with accounts of gurus and spiritual communities that are rife with sexual abuse; drug and alcohol abuse; … Continue reading

2015/01/03 · 2 Comments

Dalit Buddhist Revolution: Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, We Salute You

I spent the weekend learning about B.R. Ambedkar. What a brilliant man and powerful advocate for social justice for the Untouchables of India, for women, for labour, and the “depressed … Continue reading

2014/12/28 · 4 Comments

The Original Dharma Bum: Irishman U Dhammaloka

  “A migrant worker from Dublin, Dhammaloka was an autodidact, atheist and temperance campaigner who became known throughout colonial Asia as an implacable critic of Christian missionaries and a tireless … Continue reading

2014/12/28 · 1 Comment

Global Market Buddhism: When the Commodity We Consume is Buddhism Itself

The following article by David Patt is a brilliant and hard-hitting analysis of Buddhism under global capitalism. From the Buddhist point of view, even to sustain the modest goal of … Continue reading

2014/12/27 · Leave a comment

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