Category: Interfaith

Good Men with Guns.

    By Dejah Beauchamp     “Did you hear about the terrorist attack in Paris?” my mom asked as I stepped in the door. I’d just spent two hours in a waiting room with the TV channel turned to CNN, so yes, I’d heard of it. I’d seen the video of three men in a shootout at the offices of Charlie Hebdo (the French equivalent of Mad Magazine) playing over and over until I had to clench my fists to keep myself from running up to the TV and shutting it off. I was sick to death (and...

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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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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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What is Buddha Nature?

By Daniel Scharpenburg   Here is the concept of Buddha nature. You are enlightened. Your true self is luminous and positive and free. Our purpose in spiritual practice is not to become enlightened, but to discover that we already are. If our true nature is that of the Buddha, or awakened being, then the goal of spiritual transformation doesn’t seem remote. So, I don’t feel enlightened. I don’t feel pure and luminous. Why not? Our true nature is obscured by delusion. We live under a kind of mass hypnosis that stops us from unleashing our full potential. This is...

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