Buddha

  • You can't "think out" your life Paid Member

    Most are under the impression that they can think out their lives. But that's a misconception. We are subject to our emotions and think in ways based on our emotions. So it's extremely important to do something about our emotions. –Aya Khema Read the rest here. More »
  • Sri Lanka's "blend of faiths" a cause for hope Paid Member

    In the September issue of the Atlantic, Robert Kaplan writes that any hope for a lasting peace in Sri Lanka will depend on its ability to reconnect to the "blend of faiths" that lay at the very foundation of the ancient Kingdom of Kandy, from which the famous city in the island's heartland takes its name: More »
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    16-year-old high school soccer player finds the middle way Paid Member

    Sixteen-year-old Jimmy O'Leary, a high school junior at St. John’s Prep, an all-boys Catholic school in Danvers, Massachusetts, made the Boston Globe this weekend for taking up an interest in Buddhism. Says his soccer coach, Rene Novoa, who began coaching O'Leary six years ago: “All of a sudden, he was more calm, he was more collected when things didn’t go his way. He’s developed into my go-to guy, but his mental maturity is now catching up with his physical skills.’’ More »
  • Buddhism: Religion, Science, Both? Paid Member

    The "secularization" of Buddhism in the West has its countless proponents. But its secularization may often be little more than a wrong-headed denial of its religious roots. At least that's what we hear from our favorite Buddhist Geek Vincent Horn, who has posted to the Interdependence Project's "One City" blog, hosted by Beliefnet. While Horn acknowledges some of the positive effects of the secularization of Buddhist practice, in general, the trend doesn't sit well with him: More »
  • Internet Dharma Talks from Jampal Norbu Namgyal Paid Member

    Yesterday, Jampal Norbu Namgyal, the tweny-one-year-old son of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, gave his first dharma talk to his father’s entire sangha. The talk—called "From the Cushion to the Grocery Store: Developing Positive Habits"—was part of a new series of free weekly dharma talks delivered via internet by Rinpoche, his wife Elizabeth Namgyal, and Jampal. The series, currently airing from Boulder and Crestone, Colorado, is called the Link, and takes place every Sunday at ten o’clock, mountain time. More »
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    What's the fastest-growing religion in Britain's jails? Paid Member

    You guessed it, Buddhism. While Buddhists make up only 0.26% of the general population, they're 2% of the prison population, and their numbers have increased eightfold over the past decade. Buddhism's growth in Britain's prison system now outstrips that of Muslims, whose numbers have merely doubled. According to the Telegraph, some institutions and prison hospitals "have opened shrines known as Buddha Groves in their grounds," and a nationwide network of prison chaplains have plenty to keep them busy. While the overall numbers may seem small compared with the vast prison population in the United States, the percentage increase in the number of Buddhist inmates is significant. From the Telegraph: More »