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    Digesting The Dharma Paid Member

    In my last column, I provided a brief history of the attempt to anthologize Buddhist texts, to reduce the teachings of Buddhism to a single volume. The organization of these anthologies was often telling, revealing the presuppositions and prejudices of the editors. Some were chronological, beginning with Pali texts (believed to be the earliest sources) and moved on to Indian Mahayana, then to China, and sometimes Tibet, and ended with some works of Japanese Zen.… More »
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    ON CONFLICT: Teaching Ground Paid Member

    A few years ago, near my office at Marianopolis College in Montreal, a colleague called out and asked me to mediate in an argument he was having with a student about the Middle East. I was running late, so, with a burst of laughter, I spontaneously answered, “They are all crazy over there! That is all you need to know.” Those words have haunted me ever since, both because of their flippancy and because I meant them. I did not have time to enter a discussion then, and I was - to an extent - just kidding. But I did believe, although I never admitted it, that everyone in the Middle East was crazy, that it was that simple. More »
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    ON GARDENING: A Trace of Figs Paid Member

    Not so long ago I had just finished pruning a beloved Black Mission fig tree when breaking archaeobotanical news rocked my world. A handful of charred figs, carbonized and unearthed in the ruins of a burned village north of the ancient city of Jericho, pushed the known dawn of agriculture back a thousand years to 9400 B.C.E. More »
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    MY VIEW: Do I Mind? Paid Member

    Keeping your head in a mindless world. More »
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    What does being a Buddhist Mean to You? Re: Anti-Aging Cream Paid Member

    Ann Setko Iversen Potter Vancouver, Washington "I listen to the sounds of nature and follow its suggestions in daily life. The whole universe is one nonstop motion of flowing time that all things are subject to. We're born, and decay. What a fuss. The use of anti-aging cream, if such a thing exists, seems a wasteful effort in my opinion." … More »
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    ON LANGUAGE: What's in a Word? Paid Member

    Taking another look at the Buddhist roots of a much-maligned term: Aryan. More »