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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 »
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    Video of the magnificent Leshan Buddha Paid Member

    Many thanks to Sharon Saw, who posted the following comment to my earlier post on the Leshan Buddha ("Where is the largest stone carved Buddha in the world?"). Take a look, the footage is great and gives you an idea of how magnificent this millennium-old Chinese homage to Maitreya Buddha truly is: yeah.. there’s a cool youtube video of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche at Leshan…there are 2 parts, here’s part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7DczsOQdz4 and part 2 is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORb_T-aijP0 More »
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    A Buddhist's Guide to Twitter Paid Member

    As someone slow to embrace the Twitter phenomenon, I've approached the site with great caution, and perhaps a touch of suspicion. I often wondered if I could use Twitter without falling victim to my ego and shamelessly indulging in detailing the ins-and-outs of my day, giving a digital voice to my inner monologue. Determined not to be the last person on earth who wasn't "tweeting," I did some research and found the advice of Soren Gordhamer especially helpful. In a recent Huffington Post blog post "If the Buddha Used Twitter..." Gordhamer suggests 5 ways in which the Buddha might have approached Twitter, reminding us that it's not what we tweet but how we live away from our online worlds that really matters: More »