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In My Tribe: Confessions of a Post-Buddhist Dissident

Many of us who began to practice Buddhism as adults came with certain expectations of what Buddhism was about and what it could do for us. And likewise, once we … Continue reading

2016/11/13 · Leave a comment

Going low with Donald Trump

by Alycee Lane I do not like this man. Every day, if you walk by my office, you just might hear me mutter the words “motherfucker” or “racist asshole” or … Continue reading

2016/10/21 · 2 Comments

Blessed Vaishaka Day!

I had a wonderful time celebrating Vaishaka Day, the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana. I celebrated with the Sri Lankan community of Halifax, whom I had never heard of before; but … Continue reading

2015/05/10 · 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

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

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

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