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    Buddhism & the Beat Generation Paid Member

    In 1953, President Eisenhower issued Directive 10450, mandating the immediate removal from government service of those who had been soft on communism, along with those who had any history of drug or alcohol abuse, sexual deviation, mental illness, or even membership in a nudist colony. Eisenhower’s injunction articulated the paranoia that had accumulated over a decade. Ever since the dropping of the first nuclear bombs, which brought World War II—America’s last “good war”—to a close, a fierce anxiety had seized the nation. With the development of the H-bomb, followed by the Korean War, and the Cold War in the fifties, this dread only intensified. More »
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    Is the Buddha Winking at Extinction? Paid Member

    Worlds on worlds are rolling everFrom creation to decay,Like the bubbles on a riverSparkling, bursting, borne away. —Percy Bysshe Shelley SO PROFOUND is the largely human-caused contraction of plant and animal life on this planet that biologists are now referring to the current period as the beginning of the Sixth Great Extinction. More »
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    Confessions of a White Buddhist Paid Member

    I was named after Frederick Douglass, though my parents left the last "s" off my middle name. "We figured that we'd give you an option," my father half-joked. "If you wanted to you could always say you were named after Douglas MacArthur." Actually, it was hardly ever a problem. None of my white friends would've known that I Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave who 1 became a leading abolitionist. And none of my black high school friends who might have known would have made the connection. My childhood nickname had long since taken over—I was Ricky and still am Rick. More »
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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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    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 »