Category: Buddhism

Yes, Buddhism has Failed You: A Rebuttal to Against Invulnerability.

  By Ty Phillips Buddhism has failed you. This is at least partially what Philosopher Todd May would like you to believe in his piece for the New York Times titled, Against Invulnerability. May argues that the teachings for the cessation of desire, dispassion and his self titled invulnerability doctrine, are in fact, inhuman and unfeeling. Unfortunately May, a professor of philosophy, seems to be ignoring the entirety of the Buddha’s life and teachings in order to bolster his claim. Buddhism has failed you. Again, I say this not because it’s what May wants you to believe, but because...

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Turning a Blind Eye to Violence.

    By Ty Phillips   Ten years as a bouncer in downtown nightclubs exposed me to all kinds of human…vice. I’d busted fingers, noses, heads and even had my own attitude handed back to me in spades on occasion. That’s how it goes though—you win some, you lose some. As a bouncer, you want to win more than you lose though. They weren’t paying me to get beat up. They were paying me to be heavy handed enough to scare off unwanted elements. I liked my job. I liked the money and the women. What I liked most,...

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Teaching Kids to Meditate: Things I Have Learned.

  By Daniel Scharpenburg Some people say meditation isn’t helpful to children. I humbly disagree. A brief back story: I created a meditation for kids from the ages of five to ten at the Rime Buddhist Center in Kansas City, Missouri. This is really something I fell into because the people in charge of the children’s program left. While I didn’t create this program, I was in charge of it for several years now and I made plenty of changes to make it my own. I’ve heard that most Buddhist temples don’t have programs for children. I’m not sure if...

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Just Breathe: An Asperger’s Story.

By Jes Wright “If you’re going through hell, keep going,” ~ Winston Churchill. I held my breath while reading the article, Fort Bragg High asks team from Mendocino to stay home over T-shirts in the Press Democrat the other day. My heart paused, as I am sure most of us would upon hearing about the students banned from playing in a basketball tournament because they chose to wear the I Can’t Breathe shirts—trying to draw attention to political difficulties that exist within our nation. As I saw the young women’s smiles in the photo accompanying the news story, I felt...

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The Grace of Meditation.

  By Andrew Peers In his book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (Shambhala Publications, Inc., 1973) the young monk Chogyam Trungpa, friend of fellow Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton, wrote about the dangers of what he called ‘spiritual materialism.’ The materialism of the economy appears to drive souls together in a collection of separate units that forget the social dimension of society. Zen is no exception and often seems annexed by psychology, in turn annexed by the market. What can’t be measured, what you can’t explain, what can’t be conformed to and what does not serve a doubtless very...

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