About Alex Chong Do Thompson

Alex Chong Do Thompson is a former Marine who now earns his living as a Business Analyst. He splits his free time between social justice work, cycling, and deepening his meditation practice. Alex has been a Zen practitioner since 2013, and he is training to become a lay minister in the Bright Dawn Center of Oneness Buddhism. You can read more of his writing by visiting his blog.

October 2017

Kindness is an Act of Resistance: A Buddhist Response to Mass Shootings

By | 2017-10-09T08:07:36+00:00 October 9th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Featured, The American Buddhist|

The impromptu meditation keeps me standing as I stare at the screen; more than 50 people are dead, and hundreds wounded because of one man. Lives have been shattered and families torn apart because of one man. Unimaginable suffering caused by one man, in a hotel room, with a small arsenal of guns. It's [...]

August 2017

No Radioactive Spider, No Secret Ceremony: Becoming Enlightened Takes Work

By | 2017-08-30T08:13:10+00:00 August 30th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Featured, The American Buddhist|

That is to say, the secret to Buddha's enlightenment was never a secret. In fact, he revealed exactly how his "super power" worked right out of the gate when he spoke to the ascetics in Deer Park.   By Alex Chong Do Thompson I recently started watching an anime on Netflix called, One [...]

Nothing is Permanent—Not Even a Tattoo

By | 2017-08-14T08:46:57+00:00 August 14th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Featured, The American Buddhist|

  By Alex Chong Do Thompson Everything changes. These two words seem simple on the surface. But Buddhist teachers have spent the last 2,500 years explaining them to students. It’s almost so obvious as to be laughable. Day turns to night, winter changes to spring, and people grow older with every passing year. One is [...]

July 2017

All Coming Together as One: Join us on August 5

By | 2017-07-28T09:11:55+00:00 July 28th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Empower Me, Featured, The American Buddhist, The Faces of Meditation|

A goth, a young mother, a vegan and a hunter were all occupying space together under the watchful eyes of monks. We had nothing in common, and yet we were able to sit silently, and support each other's practice. It was beautiful.   By Alex Chong Do Thompson A few months ago, I [...]

June 2017

May 2017

The Reality is that Enlightenment is Simple, but My Ego Wants it to be Hard

By | 2017-05-27T09:12:24+00:00 May 27th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Featured, The American Buddhist|

  By Alex Chong Do Thompson   Enlightenment is one of the great mysteries of spiritual practice. Do we attain enlightenment or do we realize it? Is it a higher plane of existence or a deeper understanding of our ordinary existence? More importantly, how do you know if a teacher is truly enlightened? These are [...]