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    What Does Being a Buddhist Mean to You? Paid Member

    "Well, I don't know about his next life, but in a past life I think he was King David, who was madly in love with Bathsheba. After all, what's the difference between the past and the present?" Joel Siegal Civil Rights Attorney, San Francisco, CA   'A green and slimy frog." Sarah Whitehead Yoga Instructor, Providence, RI     More »
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    The Science of Enlightenment: The Buddha's Answer to Darwin and God Paid Member

    Why is Buddhism closer to science than other religions? The Buddha taught that everything has causes and that only understanding can yield spiritual freedom. Since the Buddha saw that nothing is unchanging, the “Supreme Scientist” rejected the idea of divine creation. He insisted that faith without knowledge cannot make one free and advised his students to examine everything, especially his own words; to rely on their own reason and experience, not on authorities; and to pursue happiness by practicing what they knew to be true. More »
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    A Gathering of "Wild and Wise" Women Paid Member

    Spirit Rock Meditation Center hosted its fourth annual "Wild and Wise" Buddhist women's weekend gathering, September 25-26. Located in the rural hills of California, the retreat was led by Tsultlim Allione, author of Women of Wisdom; China Galland, author of The Bond Among Women; eco-philosophcr and Buddhist activist Joanna Macy; and Deena Metzer, a Bay Arca poet whose latest book is Looking For the Faces of God. Proceeds went to Tara Mandala, the Buddhist retreat center in southwest Colorado, which Ms. Allione founded and now directs. Every year, presentations and discussions have revolved around a distinct subject, but each weekend has built upon the previous ones—expanding and making more familiar the language and concepts by which women can articulate the concerns that many in the Dharma have confronted alone and in silence. More »
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    From the Academy: A Sangha-less Sangha Paid Member

    One becomes a Buddhist by going for refuge in the “three gems” - in other words by saying, “I go for refuge to the Buddha, I go for refuge to the dharma, I go for refuge to the sangha.” But what exactly are these three gems? This was a question that vexed the early Buddhist community. When you go for refuge to the Buddha, are you going for refuge to his body, or to his mind? More »
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    Buddhist Journal Beat Paid Member

    A survey of material from Buddhist journals compiled by Rick Fields, Tricycle's Editor-at-Large: BUDDHIST-CHRISTIAN STUDIES More »