William Quinn asks the question, “What’s an American Buddhist,” then offers up a good article that addresses it. The crux of his point is this: North American Buddhists are likely to create their own traditions and schools of thought, but they should...

Dialogs With My Teacher #48

Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ___ November 22, 2010 (#48) Student: It seems like the spiritual...

Why the Young Are Losing Their Religion

A student at Duke offers up this interesting article in the Huffington Post: Newspapers and op-ed writers have noted that more and more members of the younger generations are turning away from Christianity. As a college student, I can tell you that from personal...

Dialogs With My Teacher #47

Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ___ November 17, 2010 (#47) Student: How does practicing silence...

The “You’re Not Special” Commencement

What? I’m not special? This, from the Washington Post, is an excerpt of Wellesly High School’s most recent commencement address, delivered by David McCullough, Jr. (yes… it’s that David McCullough’s son). The whole speech, in context, is...
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