Category: Arts

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

  By Brent R. Oliver If you’ve read Shozan Jack Haubner’s first book, Zen Confidential, you know he’s an unorthodox figure in modern Buddhism, especially considering he’s a monastic. If you haven’t read it, you’ll just have to trust me on that. And also, you should read it because it’s fucking great. His follow up, Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex (Although Not Necessarily in That Order), is further proof that his approach and habits are anything but usual. But don’t think his twisted tales and odd tendencies obscure his spiritual insights. Mr. Haubner is...

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

  By Joe Lamport This year marks the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth, which explains in part why I ended up with a copy of Walden Pond in my lap this summer. Even in this advanced age, it turns out that Thoreau has something very important to teach us about the successful integration of the spiritual traditions of East and West. Thoreau provides us with still fresh insight about the cultivation of Buddha-awareness within the framework of our familiar western ways of thinking; he points us down a path where we can discover a homegrown Dharma of our own. I should...

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Love All, Exclude None: Non-Violence in the Wake of 9/11

By Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan When September 11th became a distinct day in history by the loss of life and the days forward with our response, I remember waking up in Chicago getting ready to go downtown. I was freshly married, recently graduated from The Art Institute of Chicago. On that early fall morning, I was brushing my teeth getting ready for the train ride downtown when my friend, Mitzi, called. She told me in an urgent hushed tone, “Turn on your television.” I did, and my eyes, my brain, couldn’t quite comprehend the images on the screen. I sat down...

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

  By Joe Lamport It’s chilly this morning from a stiff onshore breeze; I’ve come to sit with my back to the sun, facing north into the meadow. I can see but one plump McIntosh apple hanging ripe on the tree just in front of me. And yet everywhere the dharma abounds, all around there’s a world so ripe with the possibilities derived from endless natural experimentation; and it’s the same stuff that we are all made of, being equal inheritors per stirpes from birth. Grace seems to be singular but really it’s not. Nor is truth subject to...

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

  By Daniel Moler   When the monks thought that I knew enough about Buddhism to teach it back in the States, I was asked: do you keep the precepts? I admitted that I broke two. Number one, I drink alcohol, but never more than two drinks a day, usually one, and sometimes none. “Then you are keeping the precept,” the monk said. “In America, that counts as not drinking.” (p.54) This is just one of several anecdotes found in Gerry Stribling’s book Buddhism for Dudes: A Jarhead’s Field Guide to Mindfulness. Very rarely do I ever laugh out...

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