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    Salute to Buddhism Paid Member

    A dharma hall opens in a most unlikely place: the United States Air Force Academy. More »
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    Desert Lotus: Tibetan Buddhism Blossoms in Southern Utah Paid Member

    The southern Utah community of LaVerkin, near Zion National Park, is a modest little town inhabited mostly by descendants of Mormon pioneers. It’s a place where “Democrat” is a bad word, and Pioneer Day is celebrated with perhaps more zeal than the Fourth of July. More »
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    What Would William Penn Think? Paid Member

    SITTING UP STRAIGHT in tall Shaker-style chairs, the members of Lilac Breeze Sangha follow their breath to the tune of Quaker silence. Like many other Westerners, they’ve taken to Buddhist sitting practice without giving up their religious roots, combining traditions for a customized spiritual experience. For math teacher David Shen, who combines Catholicism, Taoism, Quakerism, and Buddhism in his practice, mixing faiths works to their mutual enrichment: “In Quaker meeting,” he says, “when people speak, I now listen deeply, the way Buddhists would listen.” More »
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    Question Everything Paid Member

    OUT IN THE MIDDLE of the Midwest flyover zone, where cornfields part for a moment to reveal the tiny village of Yellow Springs, Ohio, a Sri Lankan monk came to spend his annual retreat last fall with a group of Western Buddhists. Bhante Seelagavesi may not have known it, but his unusual and mildly rebellious approach to teaching was a perfect match for the unusual and mildly rebellious character of the town and the liberal Antioch College that anchors it. The Yellow Springs Buddhist community did not expect it, but the initiative and support it gave to host its first three-month retreat for an ordained monk of high rank attracted more people than the twelve-year-old Yellow Springs Dharma Center had ever seen. More »
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    Coming Home Paid Member

    Jesse has been blinded by shrapnel. Paul cannot swallow properly or digest his food. Claudia doesn’t remember giving birth to her daughter. Although they’re no longer in Iraq, the war is still with them. More »
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    In the Heart of the Smokies Paid Member

    “The pagoda appears first in the hearts of people, then it appears on the land,” explains Sister Denise from a primitive work camp in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, where a Buddhist Peace Pagoda is currently under construction. “The pagoda is our answer to the nuclear weapons manufactured nearby at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It is the life-affirming work that contrasts with the death-creating work performed there.”A nontraditional Buddhist sangha is building a vision of a more just world, one pagoda at a time. More »