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Tuesday
May132014

Reviews: How the Buddha Became St. Josaphat

Saint Barlaam Teaching Josaphat Detail from illuminated manuscript, France, 1463

In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Medieval Saint by Donald S. Lopez, Jr. and Peggy McCracken

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Tuesday
May132014

Book Briefs

  • Grains of Gold: Tales of a Cosmopolitan Traveler by Donald Lopez Jr. and Thupten Jinpa
  • Zen Anarchism by Fabio Rambelli
  • Family Matters in Indian Buddhist Monasticisms by Shayne Clarke
  • Buddhist Nuns and Gendered Practice by Nirmala Salgado
  • The Life of Longchenpa: The Omniscient Dharma King of the Vast Expanse by Jampa Mackenzie Stewart
  • Perspectives on Satipatthana by Analayo
  • The Illuminated Life of the Great Yolmowa by Benjamin Bogin
  • Eminent Buddhist Women edited by Karma Lekshe Tsomo
  • The Nirvana Sutra, Volume 1 by Mark Blum

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Tuesday
May132014

Profile: Women in Buddhism Study Initiative, University of Hamburg

Bhikkhu Analayo spent many years poring through the voluminous discourses of the Pali canon, trying to unravel an enduring mystery. What, he wondered, was the Buddha’s true view on the ordination of female monastics, or bhikkhunis?

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Tuesday
May132014

Off the Bridge and Onto the Cushion

Practice, for me, began on the Dunlavy Bridge that spans eight lanes of traffic on US-59 in Houston, Texas. Several stories above eighteen-wheelers and commuter Saabs, I grabbed the railing and considered jumping, suspended in the late-afternoon light that sifted through chemical fumes and flashed off of windshields below. At the thought of free fall, the ache I’d been carrying in my chest and in my gut for months weakened.

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Wednesday
Mar192014

The Fire This Time: Religious Violence in Burma

Buddhadharma recently asked Hozan Alan Senauke, Soto Zen priest and longtime peace activist, to offer some insight on the current conflict between Buddhist and Muslim ethnic groups in Burma. Below is his response — an excellent explanation not only of the conflict itself but of how we, as Western Buddhists, might try to make a difference.

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Tuesday
Feb182014

Just Do It

Photo by Layla Burford

Whether you’re learning to meditate or ride a bike, says Ajahn Jayasaro, it’s not about how good you are or how far you get. The point is simply to practice with a sincere and consistent effort. The results will take care of themselves.

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Tuesday
Feb182014

The Eight Bardos

Milarepa (detail) Courtesy of the Rubin Museum of Art

Milarepa (detail) Courtesy of the Rubin Museum of Art

According to Tibetan Buddhism, all life and death take place in the gap, or bardo, between one state and another. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen presents a commentary on Milarepa’s song of realization “The Eight Bardos.”

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Tuesday
Feb182014

Forum: Your Teacher and You

Thank you to our readers for contributing the photos included in this forum.

Thank you to our readers for contributing the photos included in this forum.

Your relationship with your teacher can have a profound and lasting effect on your practice. But it can also be difficult and confusing to navigate. Our panel looks at what it means to have a teacher today, how you can make the most of the relationship, and what you can do when it’s not working out.

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Tuesday
Feb182014

A Meeting of Hearts and Minds

If you want to have a deep teacher-student relationship, says Jakusho Kwong, it’s not enough to know your teacher’s heart and mind. You need to know your own as well.

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Tuesday
Feb182014

Falling in Love with a Buddha

Frank Berliner, a longtime student of the late chögyam trungpa rinpoche, describes the ever-deepening stages of relationship one experiences with their guru.

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