October 2017

The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation {Book Review}

By | 2017-10-14T06:47:42+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Arts, blog, Buddhism, Featured, The Renegade Buddhist|

Coleman doesn't just write off-the-cuff in this piece; he provides excerpts and reflections on Suttas and Sutras as well. It's refreshing to read a beginner-intermediate Buddhist book that references the Tripitaka.   By John Pendall James William Coleman has done something that I once dreamed of doing, which is great because it means [...]

Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex (Although Not Necessarily in That Order) {Book Review}

By | 2017-10-07T08:38:27+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Arts, blog, Buddhism, mindFully Human|

I felt refreshed by Mr. Haubner’s insistence on presenting his holistic self, rather than just the carefully cultivated, holy and sweet side so many Buddhist authors rely on. It seemed like I was hearing from a comprehensive person, integrated into real life, not just a saccharine spiritual persona sequestered from the world, writing about [...]

Can We Find a Sangha Built around an American Buddhist Practice? (Part 2)

By | 2017-10-02T07:57:31+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Arts, blog, Buddhism, Featured|

Dipping into Walden Pond, it doesn't take long to notice the Buddhistic qualities of Thoreau's ways of thinking and living. Quite striking from the outset is his presentism and mindfulness. In no uncertain terms, he proclaims himself dedicated to the here and now, no less so than Baba Ram Das, or any Zen monk [...]

September 2017

Can We Find a Sangha Built around an American Buddhist Practice? (Part 1)

By | 2017-09-23T07:29:10+00:00 September 23rd, 2017|Arts, blog, Buddhism|

In any case, it was in the pages of Walden Pond that I discovered this entirely new sense of Buddhism as something that could be practiced in a homegrown or indigenous way, not requiring any contortionism in order to suit my native disposition. "In every man's brain is the Sanskrit," as Thoreau himself expressed [...]

August 2017

Dude, Where’s My Dharma? A Review of Buddhism for Dudes {Book Review}

By | 2017-08-04T09:24:21+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Arts, blog, Buddhism|

Gerry Stribling delivers a brass-tax, no-holds-barred approach to a way of life that most people in the world see as abstract, esoteric, or frankly unreachable. It is honest and concise. It’s hilarious. It relays that Buddhism is not some archaic religious mumbo-jumbo. It is a disciplined approach to not only mindfulness, but happiness. [...]

July 2017

Milarepa-Lessons from the Life and Songs of Tibet’s Great Yogi {Book Review}

By | 2017-07-05T08:36:50+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Arts, blog, Buddhism, Featured, The Ramblings of a Tattooed Buddhist|

Like Trungpa after him, Milarepa led a very unique and controversial life. His story touches a group of people who would have felt they could never be redeemed so to speak.   By Ty H. Phillips   “It could manifest and grow like seeds planted throughout your life, so that life itself becomes [...]

June 2017

Fighting Buddha {Book Review}

By | 2017-06-29T07:57:27+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Arts, blog, Buddhism, Featured, Tales of a Gonzo Buddhist|

Mr. Eisenberg has had bad experiences. He’s been led astray by teachers, seen disgusting martial-arts snake oil sold as legitimate self-defense, and watched Buddhist leaders acting badly, practicing the opposite of what they preach. He doesn’t call anyone out by name, but he writes extensively of the misdeeds and charlatanism he’s witnessed over the [...]