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Tuesday
Nov122013

Let's Talk: Is My Sangha Inclusive?

When reverend Kiyonobu Joshin Kuwahara asked himself that question, he wasn’t sure of the answer. So he decided to find out.

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Tuesday
Nov122013

Reviews: Investigating the Subtle Body

Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West
edited by Geoffrey Samuel and Jay Johnston

Routledge, 2013, 282 pages; $155

Training the Wisdom Body: Buddhist Yogic Exercise
by Rose Taylor Goldfield

Shambhala Publications, 2013, 192 pages; $16.95

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Tuesday
Nov122013

Book Briefs

  • Like Cats and Dogs by Steven Heine
  • Padmakara Translation Group’s Treasury of Precious Qualities, Book Two: Vajrayana and the Great Perfection by Jigme Lingpa
  • Kakurenbo: Or the Whereabouts of Zen Priest Ryokan by Soto Zen teacher Eido Frances Carney
  • The Buddhist Schools of the Small Vehicle by André Bareau, translated by Sara Boin-Webb
  • Three Steps to Awakening by Larry Rosenberg
  • Great Treatise on the Stages of Mantra by Tsongkhapa, translated by Thomas Freeman Yarnall
  • Record of Miraculous Events in Japan by Burton Watson
  • What the Buddha Never Taught by Tim Ward
  • The Easy Path edited by Lorne Ladner

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Tuesday
Nov122013

Profile: Sanshin Zen Community

The last thing he wanted to do was speak English.

Shohaku Okumura had studied Buddhism and the thirteenth-century writings of Eihei Dogen at Tokyo’s Komazawa University, then taken priest’s vows and entered training at Antaiji, a Soto Zen temple in Kyoto headed by his late teacher, Kosho Uchiyama Roshi. But because many Americans and Europeans were studying there, Uchiyama urged him to study English. When Uchiyama retired in 1975, he asked Okumura and two brother monks to move to the hills of western Massachusetts to help build a new Zen center.

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Tuesday
Nov122013

Journeys: What About My Retreat?

When my teacher, Karma Yeshe Wangpo, told me that he would be happy to teach a weekend retreat if I organized it, I was thrilled. At this point in my life, I had been medi- tating for just over two years. I would finally be attending my first retreat.

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Tuesday
Aug202013

What Do You See?

Ever notice how quickly you form opinions and judgments about the world around you? Next time stop and take a closer look, suggests Geoffrey Shugen Arnold. You’ll find a very different picture emerges.

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Tuesday
Aug202013

Empty Splendor

To have a genuine appreciation for the world we must see it directly, says the late Traleg Rinpoche. The tantric path teaches us how to cut through our concepts and confusion so we can experience reality in its full vividness and clarity.

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Tuesday
Aug202013

Forum: Karma: Fate or Freedom? 

Introduction By David Loy

Many Buddhist teachings seem quite modern in their emphasis on such things as impermanence and interde­pendence (evolution, ecology), insubstantial­ity (physics), and the deceptions of language (philosophy). Yet the same cannot be said for karma, which points to an inexorable moral law built into the cosmos. This doesn’t mean that the doctrine of karma should be dismissed or ignored, but it does encourage us to interrogate those teachings and to ask, what does karma mean for us today?

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Tuesday
Aug202013

The View from Mount Meru

In light of modern knowledge, traditional Buddhist cosmology may seem irrelevant or quaint at best. But as Ajahn Punnadhammo explains, the world system it describes contains important insights for practicing the Buddhist teachings.

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Tuesday
Aug202013

Preparing to Die 

Death is a journey into the unknown, but like any journey it goes better if you’re prepared. Andrew Holecek offers meditations and teachings from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition to help you prepare for the end of life—and what comes next.

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