Category: Arts

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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The World is Constantly Changing, Yet the Letters Remain the Same

  By J.G. Lewis   No matter how quickly our technologies evolve, or how fast our processors process, we still rely on ancient methods to make our way through each day. Just yesterday I wrote in my journal, printed out a card to a loved one, and tapped a text message to my daughter. I started a letter to a friend, composed a forceful email to a pharmaceutical company, and contributed to ongoing dialogue with a curious collection of sensitive souls. I scribbled out a couple of lines for a poem, added to the grocery list, jotted down an...

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

  By Ty H. Phillips   “It could manifest and grow like seeds planted throughout your life, so that life itself becomes the guru. The idea is that life becomes the teacher all the time. This seems to be one of the very important messages of Milarepa’s life.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Milarepa-Lessons from the Life and Songs of Tibet’s Great Yogi Among teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in the United States, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche seems to stand out as unique. Both in the past and still now, his life, teaching style, antics, sense of humor and pageantry all seemed to...

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Fighting Buddha {Book Review}

  By Brent R.Oliver   There’s a lot of drippy, misplaced love in Western Buddhism, but not much toughness. I’m delighted to say that Jeff Eisenberg’s first book, Fighting Buddha, is the much-needed dose of tough love I’d hoped it would be. Mr. Eisenberg has been practicing martial arts for over 45 years and is focused on finding what works in real-life situations. Over nearly five decades of training, he realized that far too many martial arts emphasize tradition and philosophy over applicable fighting skills, making them pretty damn artistic, but not at all martial. He’s taken issue with...

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