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.
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 deeper understanding of our ordinary existence? More importantly, how do you know if...read more
By Alex Chong Do Thompson You wake up with a start and realize that you aren't in your bedroom. In fact, you have no idea where you are. Your heart starts pounding in your chest, and you feel dizzy as you look around the room. It's a prison cell; you're lying on a...read more
By Alex Chong Do Thompson A few years ago, it was common to see people complain about #firstworldproblems. For example, someone may have posted on social media, "My phone charger won't reach my bed. So I can't check my messages in the morning without getting up....read more
By Alex Chong Do Thompson "Hell is empty and all of the devils are here." ~ William Shakespeare The life of an activist can be very painful. Often times you find yourself fighting battles that seem hopeless. Other times you are arguing for things that should be...read more
By Alex Chong Do Thompson One of my all-time favorite anime shows while I was growing up was Naruto. It followed the adventures of a group of children who were training to become ninjas in order to protect their village from rival clans. For a kid's show, it dealt...read more
By Alex Chong Do Thompson If I had to describe myself in three words, I'd probably go with "comic book nerd." The mythologies and social commentaries that can be found in comics have enraptured me for as long as I've been able to read. While other kids spent...read more
By Alex Chong Do Thompson I just finished reading Buddhism Without Beliefs, by Stephen Batchelor. I enjoyed the book immensely, and it's making me look at the dharma in a new way. The secularized Buddha that Batchelor presents is completely lacking any...read more