Alex Chong Do Thompson: The American Buddhist

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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.

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, [...]

Do Buddhists Eat Meat? My Story {Part 1}

July 10th, 2017|1 Comment

Buddha was a mendicant monk who lived during a time when starvation was a real threat. He ate one meal a day, owned almost no possessions, and only ate the food that was given [...]

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 [...]