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    Mind On-Line: The First Noble Truth of Cyberspace Paid Member

    In a course I teach at MIT on democracy and the Internet, we were talking about the social impact of migrations in cyberspace (i.e., the capacity to move freely into networks and services that had previously existed as unconnected, self-contained islands). For example, America Online (AOL) had been a self-contained cyberspace continent whose users were confined within its borders. However, with the immense growth in popularity of the Internet, service providers have hastily constructed bridges… More »
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    Meeting the Buddha: On Pilgrimage in Buddhist India Paid Member

    The following are excerpts from“Meeting the Buddha: On Pilgrimage in Buddhist India,”a selection of writings by pilgrims from ancient times to the present, to be published in November by Tricycle Books (an imprint of Putnam/Riverhead). Here we have selected pieces from the sections on the pilgrimage itself and on Bodh Gaya. In a discussion with his attendant Ananda, the Buddha delineates the basis for the eight holy sites in India.“Tathagata”refers to the… More »
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    The H Word Paid Member

    In 1987, the Zen Buddhist Temple of Ann Arbor, Michigan, sponsored a conference on “World Buddhism in America.” The title was meant to convey the fact that representatives from various Buddhist traditions had gathered to talk about the current problems and prospects for their respective traditions in the United States. There were representatives from the Buddhist Churches of America, the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, and the Vajradhatu Buddhist Church, in addition to various… More »
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    Mind On-Line: Emotional Bandwidth Paid Member

    A first-rate demonstration of the World Wide Web - which shows instantaneous global access to information about any conceivable subject - presents a dizzying realm of connective possibility. For some, the Net embodies a way to physically wire together human consciousness into All-Embracing Mind, the culmination of human evolution elaborated by the French Jesuit and mystic Teilhard de Chardin in“The Phenomenon of Man.”Yet actual experience quickly dashes the promise of reaching Teilhard’s Omega Point of converging consciousness. The… More »
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    What Does Being A Buddhist Mean To You? Paid Member

    Re: Cloning Ravi Ravindra, Professor of Comparative Religion and Physics at Dalhousie University Halifax, Canada In a certain way, psychologically and socially, we humans clone ourselves. Look at teenagers, they all wish to be the same way, to imitate each other. That to me is a more serious issue - how our propaganda, our social-psychological manipulation through the media, actually makes people behave as if they were clones. … More »
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    what does being a buddhist mean to you? Paid Member

    Reverend Gen Oikawa Reverend of the Nichiren Buddhist Temple of San Jose San Jose, California The altar at home, the“gohonzon,”is a branch of the temple. The people can practice even when they don't go to the temple. They can still have a sacred time any time and any day. As a minister of the temple, I can pray at the temple during the day. I sit at my“gohonzon”in my house in the mornings and…Reverend Gen Oikawa Reverend of the Nichiren Buddhist Temple of San Jose   San Jose, California   More »