Alex Chong Do Thompson: The American Buddhist

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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.

Using Buddhism to Deal with Anxiety: All Suffering Comes from the Mind

June 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Buddha taught that desire is the root of all suffering. There are many ways to interpret this teaching, but for me it basically means that there are two versions of the world in any [...]

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

June 15th, 2017|0 Comments

I must train my mind to see President Trump as a teacher and not as an adversary. He is a Buddha. And like all Buddhas, he is acting with great compassion in order to [...]

The Reality is that Enlightenment is Simple, but My Ego Wants it to be Hard

May 27th, 2017|0 Comments

  By Alex Chong Do Thompson   Enlightenment is one of the great mysteries of spiritual practice. Do we attain enlightenment or do we realize it? Is it a higher plane of existence or a [...]

What if You Were Buddha?

May 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Slowly, ideas begin to form in your head. The liars, cheaters and thieves do what they do because they're trapped in a mind of desire. They want something, and they want it so badly [...]

First World Problems & the Loss of Human Connection

April 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Have you ever thought about the miracle that is the flush toilet? When I was deployed we had to use portable toilets, like what you normally find at construction sites or an outdoor festival. [...]

Hell is Empty: Equanimity in a World Full of Brimstone

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

We train so that we're able to stand up in difficult times and walk the path alone.   By Alex Chong Do Thompson "Hell is empty and all of the devils are here." [...]