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.
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How Marine Corps Training Taught Me about the Illusion of a Separate Self

December 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

For example, if I needed to go to the bathroom or "head" as we called it in the Marines, the proper way to ask was, "Drill Instructor (insert last name here), Recruit Thompson [...]

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Unexpected Zen on a Road Trip

October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

As I drive out of the rest area, I look around one last time. There isn't a single piece of trash anywhere to be seen, and the grass is perfectly cut. I make a [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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