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    Two Sides of the Same God Paid Member

    We believe that Dorje Shugden is a buddha. - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, who organized demonstrations against the Dalai Lama during the summer of 1996   This worship of Dorje Shugden is not a religion at all. It is a cult. - Thubten Jigme Norbu, brother of the Dalai Lama     More »
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    Exile Spirit Paid Member

    DARKNESS CLIMBS THE WILD SAGEBRUSH SLOPES around the Metta Forest Monastery northeast of San Diego. Coyotes bark. In a leveled clearing, light spills out from a simple wooden shrine. Inside all is quiet except for a single voice—pausing . . . going on, pausing . . . going on again. In clear and certain tones, the voice of Thanissaro Bhikkhu leads a guided meditation for a handful of people sitting Thai-style on their ankles under the gaze of a huge golden Buddha. There are three young men from the outskirts of Los Angeles, a lone schoolteacher from Alaska, a Thai family, and several women and men. More »
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    On the Green Credo Paid Member

    THE WORLDVIEW of the international Green movement often hinges on a set of simple beliefs that have become obstacles to facing the global crisis. Dogma and ideology develop when we treat beliefs as absolute truths. The unofficial Green Credo says: 1. We are stewards of the earth. 2. Resources are worth saving for future generations. 3. The future matters. 4. Time is running out. We treat these and other dogmas as truths carved in rock rather than ways of conceiving values. Challenging these beliefs provides a service to ourselves and the earth.   1. WE ARE STEWARDS OF THE EARTH. More »
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    Litany Paid Member

                        Last year, on a whim, I went to fabled Malibu to an afternoon meditation retreat held by Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist teacher and monk. I was skeptical, even cynical. I told my friend Jandro, who was driving a Toyota: let me count the number of BMWs and Volvos in the parking lot and I will tell you the composition of the audience. More »
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    Nondual Ecology Paid Member

    RECOGNIZING the inherent Buddha-nature of rocks and clouds is not that hard—many acknowledge this in principle. Liberal thinkers admit most animals and plants and even microbes to the select company of sentient beings. Rocks and clouds are beginning to be accepted, too, as part of the "natural living world," i.e., the world that existed before mankind brought civilization out of his brain and spread it across the landscape. But recognizing this prized quality of aliveness in technology, in human/machine interaction, and in abstract symbolic systems is something else again. Buddha-nature in nuclear bombs? In computer systems, in our urban networks, in the workings of pure mathematics? No one in the environmental world seems willing to go that far; only cyberpunks and techno-futurists have such thoughts, and they are generally dismissed as frivolous by us serious, "nature"-loving Deep Ecologists. We Buddhists, and Muirists, and Thoreauists. More »
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    Sweet and Sour Buddhism Paid Member

    Two years ago, I participated in a week-long Chinese Ch'an (Zen) retreat attended by both white Americans and ethnic Chinese. At the end of the retreat, the master asked each participant to express what benefit he or she had derived from the retreat. The white Americans spoke uniformly of how the long hours of meditation had helped them get in touch with themselves, given them strength and sanity to cope with the pressures of society, and assisted them in the process of self-realization. The Chinese contributions were very different. The first Chinese woman broke down in tears as she spoke. The week of meditation had made her realize how selfish she usually was; she wanted, right then and there, to bow down in apology before her family; she wanted to perform some act of deep repentance. More »