Category: News & Politics

We Can No Longer Tolerate the Intolerance

  By J.G. Lewis In all the scintillating sentences, salacious sound bites, news and views published, broadcast and available 24/7, there is a lot of nonsense about who belongs where. Much of the talk originally (though not original) comes top-down from political leaders as they stand tall to proclaim rights and responsibilities that clearly go against the way this planet has been evolving. In this ever-hungry news cycle, the comments make headlines— grabbing the first seconds of the newscast—and the views proliferate and become coffee-shop talk and idle banter. Those people stuck in the past herald these tired, old bigoted...

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The Passing of Buddhist Teacher Michael Stone & The Reason We Need to Talk More About It

  By Daniel Scharpenburg Michael Stone was a pretty famous Buddhist teacher from Canada. I’m not going to lie to you and say I was a fan, as people often do when celebrities die. I had heard his name, but I didn’t really know anything about him, to be quite honest. I know that he taught Buddhism and Yoga. He was a non-traditional Buddhist teacher. He studied with Zen and Insight meditation teachers. He believed Buddhism didn’t have to be held back by tradition. He famously said on his website “I don’t wear robes.” From his website: “And I believe...

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The Darker Side of Meditation: Please Meditate Responsibly

  By John Author For centuries, Zen teachers have told us that practice is about the Great Matter—life and death. Don’t take that as hyperbole and gloss over it with typical Western conceit. Meditation can save lives… it can also end them. Out of all the articles I’ve written, this one might be the most deficient in giggle-worthy material. It might also be the most important. This was written with the intent to spread awareness and save lives. Megan Vogt lept from a catwalk under the Norman Wood Bridge, fell through a 120-foot void and met the rocks below. Megan...

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President Trump is a Buddha Helping Me on the Path Toward Enlightenment

  By Alex Chong Do Thompson   My jaw clenches as I read the headline, “White House Says Cutting Meals On Wheels Is Compassionate.” A fire burns in my chest as I continue reading, and soon it feels like I can barely breathe. “So we can spend 14 billion on a wall, but we can’t feed old people,” I scream at my laptop. My breathing becomes rapid and adrenaline pulses through my muscles. I want to punch something. I want to burn things down. Angrily, I standup and begin pacing around the room. Cursing under my breath, I imagine...

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The Necessity for Peace, Love & Understanding…Right Now

  By J. G. Lewis   *The recent attack in the U.K. (which one?) got me thinking (again) of a piece I wrote less than a year ago. Sadly, nothing much has changed…and the song plays on. It’s one of those songs that rushes through my head in times of strife, or disappointment, or when my wholly humble heart can hold no more. Recorded in the ‘70s by Elvis Costello & The Attractions, the song title immediately rings out when the absurdity of this crazy cruel planet becomes so obvious. “What’s so funny ‘bout peace, love and understanding.” We...

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