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 [...]

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 [...]

Today I Prayed

By | 2017-10-03T08:48:20+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|blog, Empower Me, Featured, News & Politics|

I am praying, and I haven’t been on bended knee for such a long time. I am worried, and I am not a worrier. The escalation of horror is like a nasty movie with no ending. It doesn’t seem real, yet we are all affected somehow and the vibration is carrying a message. I [...]

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

Why I Meditate

By | 2017-09-30T08:55:16+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Advanced Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Featured|

Have I found the answers to the questions I was looking for? Definitely not. But I have come to the acceptance that there are no answers. I’ve had a glimpse of another big question that I didn’t even know I should be asking when I started meditating. That was a nice surprise.   [...]