Buddhism

  • Jesus, Buddha & the Devil Paid Member

    Does a Christian have much to learn from a Buddhist about the Devil? If they read Stephen Batchelor's Living With the Devil on an international flight they may. The Rev. Robert V. Thompson, senior minister of the Lake Street Church of Evanston, Illinois and former  Chair of the Parliament of the World's Religions, did just that and lived to write about it. Not everyone was enthusiastic about his reading habits, though. A fellow passenger, once she saw the title of the book the good reverend was reading, ignored him for the rest of the flight. (You can read an excerpt from Stephen's book and a brief Tricycle interview with him here.) More »
  • Who's the happiest man in the world? Paid Member

    According to an opinion piece by Daniel Goleman in this morning's New York Times ("Sitting Quietly, Doing Something"), Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is. And the reason is no secret: So how did he get that way? Apparently, the same way you get to Carnegie Hall. Practice. Buddhist meditation practice, that is. According to Goleman, Mingyur Rinpoche is an "Olympic-level meditator," logging more than 10,000 hours on the cushion. Goleman cites neuroscientist Richard Davidson's studies on meditation's effect on the brain to explain why these spiritual athletes are so cheerful. There is a strong correllation, Goleman explains, between committed meditation practice and increased activity in the areas of the brain associated with positive moods: The more lifetime hours of practice, the greater the increases tended to be. More »
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    Overcoming Anxiety Paid Member

    I understand that long-term meditation is supposed to help squash more quickly those moments of anguish that arise, but for those of us– the vast majority, I imagine– who are not advanced practitioners, how do we handle the regular hiccups in life that threaten to cause damage? How do we manage our anger when someone elbows us on the street? Or when someone close to us treats us poorly? Or simply when that unexplainable bubble of anxiety rises in our throats? When you can’t just stop and meditate, what do you do? More »
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    Buddha Swings? Paid Member

    Apparently, the story of the Buddha is now a musical—Big Band style. It's called Buddha Swings: Young Prince Sidd has it all: wealth, youth, fame and family. He's introduced to the tune of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and later "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo," only he's a guy from Kapilivastu (tu-tu-tu-tu). And this: He tries various paths to spiritual enlightenment, and they all turn out to be another song and dance, literally. Possibly the best is the one about the quest for nirvana, to the tune of "Rum and Coca Cola." If anyone's in San Antonio, please see it and tell us what's going on out there. More »
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    Ten Zen Questions Paid Member

    UK psychologist Susan Blackmore is a highly sought-after expert on a recurring theme in Buddhist inquiry: consciousness. She is the author of Consciousness: An Introduction, Conversations on Consciousness, A Very Short Introduction to Consciousness, and the acclaimed book The Meme Machine. We've just gotten our hands on her latest project, a synthesis of philosophy and practice entitled Ten Zen Questions. The stumpers Blackmore poses are not easy to get a handle on, but that is exactly the point: Am I conscious now? What was I conscious of a moment ago? When are you? What happens next? More »