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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What to do When It’s an Uphill Battle

March 31st, 2018|0 Comments

We rage against the boulder as we push it up the hill. We curse as waves of grief and frustration wash over us with each step. And when we finally reach the summit---only [...]

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How Zen Koans are Helping Me with Life’s Tough Questions

March 1st, 2018|0 Comments

For me, kōans have never been about solving some great riddle or seeing through the fabric of space and time. They've been about catching a glimpse of the life of ancient Zen teachers [...]

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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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