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  • Is it ok to say "the West"? Paid Member

    Editor-at-Large Andrew Cooper stopped by for a visit yesterday—quite a change from the Pacific Northwest, where he lives. The heat and rain are very familiar to him, though. He hails from the New York metro area. Still, he may miss the cool breezes off Puget Sound. Andy, web editor Phil Ryan and I got to talking (Phil was not distracted by the Shady Buddha during this meeting), and Phil noted that every time we use the term "Western Buddhism"—or even just "the West"—some people object. These comments have been helpful, forcing us to examine our use of the term. More »
  • Buddhist Street Art Paid Member

    UPDATE: Here is an interview with the artist. Some highlights: It seems like Buddhist art is a big inspiration for you. Is this just aesthetic or is there a deeper meaning to it? Intuitively, I felt that “Eastern Philosophy” would be a good place to start. Nowhere in the world will you find as much information on the study of the mind than in the East. Also, I wanted to start with something that was easy to digest before getting into more esoteric/occult philosophies. How do people seem to be reacting to your work? So far, the response has been pretty positive. Most people assume it’s just a Buddhist Movement, but I’m hoping they can stay with me as I move on to more challenging ideas. More »
  • The Obon Festival, honoring the dead, and the last of the Japantowns Paid Member

    The Obon Festival is a Japanese Buddhist three-day observance during which families honor their deceased ancestors. According to scholar and Shin priest Alfred Bloom, The Obon observance has deep roots in Asian ancestor cults from India to Japan. It is based on the legend of the monk Mogallana's rescue of his mother from the hell of hungry ghosts. The story dramatizes the son's anxiety for his mother's welfare after her death and how it was resolved through Buddhist practice. Practicing meditation, Mogallana gained spiritual insight and vision, which enabled him to see his mother's true condition. He then asked the Buddha how to free her from her suffering. More »
  • Meditation comic: Still tongues don't swallow Paid Member

    Among the many difficulties encountered during meditation: tongue placement. Image from Sit Illustrated © 2010 Sunship Productions http://sitillustrated.com/ More »
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    Entering the Marketplace Paid Member

    that which you are With "showing up," Genju of 108zenbooks concludes her Oxherding series. We'd like to thank her again for allowing us to share in her journey. Daido Roshi comments, in Path of Enlightenment: Although the moment of realization is just that, a moment, the process of studying the self and clarifying the nature of reality doesn't happen overnight. It doesn't even end with the old sage. It continues endlessly. The spiritual practice of Zen is a ceaseless practice. More »
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    Returning to the Source Paid Member

    returning to the source Number 9 of 108zenbooks' Oxherding series, in which Genju discovers love, include Thich Nhat Hanh's first love. Very beautiful, please go read it. Daido Roshi comments, in Path of Enlightenment: "Having returned to the source the effort is over." Basically, life is uncomplicated. Very true. More »