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Renaissance Roshi

Ross Robertson of EnlightenNext has a nice piece on an interesting pioneer: Jun Po Roshi—dharma heir of Rinzai Zen Master Eido Shimano Roshi, founder of a lay Buddhist order called Hollow Bones, and originator of a modern form of Rinzai known as Mondo Zen—came to...

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Redux: Anger and Dogma

I've been reading and listening to lots of conflict over the past several days. Along with the recent killing of the doctor who performs abortions as well as yesterday's shooting at the Holocaust Museum, it got me thinking about some writing I did on this topic.

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He’s Not the Messiah! He’s a Naughty, Naughty Boy!

A couple of more pieces on the ongoing saga of Osel Hita Torres who recently left monastic life and his tradition: Over at the Guardian, Victoria Coren offers up an interesting bit of analysis: have to know what you are rejecting. Otherwise, the rejection has...

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Should I Leave My Teacher?

I thought I'd share this exchange I just had with a reader: Michael, for some reason, issues of guru abuse are coming at me from every direction. I just had a good friend call me asking to talk - she has been with a guru here in the Bay Area for 7 years and is...

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Muslims Throwing Light Upon Themselves

Over at the, Deepak Chopra offers some analysis of Obama's speech in Cairo: was a cobweb-clearing speech. The content wasn't exceptional. Before Muslims assumed the role of bogeyman after 9/11, any tolerant educated person realized that Islamic...

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Rest in Peace, David Carradine

Carrie Rickey, at the Philadelphia Inquirer writes: Maybe you knew David Carradine from his role as the title character, the stonefaced assassin in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. Or maybe you knew him as Woody Guthrie, the plainspoken folk singer and folk hero in Hal...

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Stillness In the Face of a Child’s Tantrum

I recently received this in a wonderful letter from one of our virtual sangha members in Germany. It's a beautiful reminder of how this practice can have profound effects on our families: Kids develop in phases and each jump to the next level seems to bring with it...

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Skeletons in the Buddhist Closet

After yesterday's post about Lama Osel Hita Torres leaving his leadership role in Tibetan Buddhism as well as his order, a reader wrote: We need more news like this. Westerners, disillusioned with “their own” religious institutions, often turn to Buddhism, thinking...

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