• The listener helps tell the story Paid Member

    In my opinion, one mark of a good Buddhist is the ability to put oneself in somebody else’s shoes, to see yourself walking with them. Reading Reginald Gibbons’ column “Elsewhere” in the latest issue of The American Poetry Review I was reminded that this ability can be cultivated through the practice of actively listening to and reading people. Gibbons writes: Listening to ourselves; imagining ourselves as others when we read; coming to understand how we are others to those who speak with us, who read us—all this reminds me of the theory of fiction, if I may call it that, of the writer William Goyen, who remains for me one of the touchstones of my own sense of what writing accomplishes. … More »
  • Herbie Hancock on his Buddhist practice Paid Member

    In a profile at The Sydney Morning Herald Herbie Hancock talks about his introduction to Buddhism, how his practice has informed his sense of purpose, and his latest undertaking The Imagine Project. From the article: He's a dapper man who generally looks 20 years younger than he is, but there's a weariness in his eyes and voice after hours banging the drum about a project he describes as his most difficult. “I guess . . . it's a combination of my age and the practice of Buddhism. What I've learned is, in order for something to have value it has to in some way work towards serving humanity, otherwise it's self-serving and shallow and disruptive.” More »
  • Buddhism in Canada Paid Member

    O Canada! Happy Canada Day! To celebrate I spent the morning flipping through Wild Geese, a solid, comprehensive study of Buddhism in Canada, edited by John S. Harding, Victor Sogen Hori, and Alexander Soucy (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010). It goes over the history of the religion in Canada, looks at various Canadian Buddhist communities, and contains the biographies of a couple of Buddhist leaders in Canada. More »
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    A picture and a thousand words Paid Member

    Just picked this up from a raft, who suggests this for the more "visually minded," and floated it over here: Click on it to enlarge. It pretty much sums it up—Buddhism in a nutshell! From a raft (Ashin Sopāka): "This was sent to me, so the source cannot be properly attributed, but it appears it was created by 'S Chinawaro Bhikkhu.'" More »
  • This Is Your Brain On Meditation: Mingyur Rinpoche Describes The Science Of Happiness (VIA Huffington Post) Paid Member

    VIA The Huffington Post A hush fell over the room as Youngey Mingyur Rinpoche took the stage to begin his teaching. Rinpoche, the revered Tibetan Buddhist lama, teacher, and so-called "happiest man in the world" was commencing an Introduction to Awareness Meditation event, hosted by the New York Open Center. Nearly every seat in the large auditorium was occupied. More »