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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 »
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    On translation: Nirvana Paid Member

    We all know what happens when a fire goes out. The flames die down and the fire is gone for good. So when we first learn that the name for the goal of Buddhist practice, nibbana (nirvana), literally means the extinguishing of a fire, it’s hard to imagine a deadlier image for a spiritual goal: utter annihilation. It turns out though that this reading of the concept is a mistake in translation, not so much of a word as an image. What did an extinguished fire represent to the Indians of the Buddha’s day? Anything but annihilation. More »
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    ON GARDENING: The Birds of the Muses Paid Member

    THE BEES were living in the walls long before I heard them. It was Indian summer a few years ago when I discovered a small cleft along the seamline where our brick chimney pressed against the outer wall of the house. High overhead, scores of pollen-laden honeybees whizzed with industrious delight through this narrow fissure into the inner core of our home. As a meditator and gardener I have an immense respect for bees, grounded� More »