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    The Science of Awakening Paid Member

    Buddhist teacher Ken McLeod called it a “historic moment.” But the first Buddhist Geeks conference, held at the University of the West near Los Angeles over three days last July, began with a more modest goal: discussing topics raised on the Buddhist Geeks website ( and in its podcasts. Buddhist Geeks was created out of curiosity, cofounder Vincent Horn told the 200-plus participants on opening day. “We don’t have a mission statement, we have a question: How best can we serve the convergence of Buddhism, global culture, and emerging technology? “Will this work? Will there be another conference after this?” he shrugged. “We don’t know.” More »
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    My Reincarnation Paid Member

    As a young man growing up in Italy, Khyentse Yeshi Rinpoche, son of the famous Dzogchen master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, was the embodiment of many things, chief of which were conflicting emotions and views about his mostly absent father. “I’ve always had dreams, since I was 5 years old—strange visions—and I was really scared about this,” says 18-year-old Yeshi in the opening scene of My Reincarnation, a remarkable documentary by Jennifer Fox about the complex, changing relationship between father and son, filmed over three decades of their lives. “So I asked my father—but he is not answering.” Indeed, Yeshi, born in 1970 in Italy to an Italian mother and identified in infancy as a tulku, or reincarnate lama, had a lot of questions about his role in the world, but the master never offered an overt response. More »
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    G-20 Dharma Paid Member

    When I search for an image to describe the core of my spiritual practice, the one that presses up through the others is a memory of the G-20 summit in June 2010. I’m carrying my six-year-old son away from a burning police car in front of a bank tower on Bay Street in downtown Toronto. Three young protesters dressed in black jumped on the roof of the car as my son and I turned away and began making our way home. More »
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    Books in Brief Winter 2011 Paid Member

    Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s Tell Me Something about Buddhism: Questions and Answers for the Curious Beginner (Hampton Roads Publishing, 2011, $16.95, paper, 128 pp.) is a simple yet uncommon introduction to the Buddha’s teachings. Manuel, an African- American Zen priest, takes a direct and personal approach to the dharma. “What does Buddhism have to do with black people?” she recalls her youngest sister once asking her. Manuel goes on to reflect on the ways in which being black has informed and enriched her understanding of Buddhism. “The practice is to make companions of difference and harmony, see them both as oneness itself,” she writes. More »
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    The Protean Self Paid Member

    We are becoming fluid and many sided...evolving a sense of self appropriate to the restlessness and flux of our time ... I have named [this mode of being] the "protean self" after Proteus, the Greek sea god of many forms. More »
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    Pure Heart Enlightened Mind Paid Member

    It's impossible to separate the journals and letters of Maura "Soshin" O'Halloran, a young Irish-American Zen Buddhist nun, from the brief, dazzling pattern of her life itself. Less a book than an intimate glimpse, this collection is a moving record (compiled by her mother) of personal notes, fragments, and fleeting impressions of the three years O'Halloran spent at Toshoji, a Tokyo temple, and at Kannonji, a remote temple in northern Japan. She was killed in a bus accident in 1982, at age 27, having just received official dharma transmission from her roshi. More »