Alex Chong Do Thompson: The American Buddhist 2017-02-07T19:53:10+00:00
Alex Chong Do ThompsonColumnist & Featured Writer
Alex Chong Do Thompson is a former Marine who now earns his living as a Business Analyst. He splits his free time between social justice work, cycling, and deepening his meditation practice. Alex has been a Zen practitioner since 2013, and he is training to become a lay minister in the Bright Dawn Center of Oneness Buddhism. You can read more of his writing by visiting his blog.

Kindness, No Matter What

October 17th, 2017|0 Comments

To be clear, I was never rude to my servers, but I did tip more or less based on what I thought they deserved. In fact, if the service was especially poor, I wouldn't [...]

Kindness is an Act of Resistance: A Buddhist Response to Mass Shootings

October 9th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

No Radioactive Spider, No Secret Ceremony: Becoming Enlightened Takes Work

August 30th, 2017|0 Comments

That is to say, the secret to Buddha's enlightenment was never a secret. In fact, he revealed exactly how his "super power" worked right out of the gate when he spoke to the ascetics [...]

How Do We (as Buddhists) Respond to Violence?

August 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Don't be intimidated by the Ku Klux Klan or the Alt-Right. And don't be intimidated by madmen who run over protesters with their cars. Dust yourself off, keep your hands up, and step back [...]

Nothing is Permanent—Not Even a Tattoo

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

  By Alex Chong Do Thompson Everything changes. These two words seem simple on the surface. But Buddhist teachers have spent the last 2,500 years explaining them to students. It’s almost so obvious as to [...]

All Coming Together as One: Join us on August 5

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

A goth, a young mother, a vegan and a hunter were all occupying space together under the watchful eyes of monks. We had nothing in common, and yet we were able to sit silently, [...]