Beer for Buddhists

Gerald, over at The Level 8 Buddhist takes on the use of alcohol: As the Buddha taught, alcohol and intoxicants cause heedlessness. The more you drink, the more heedless you become. It’s not that you become heedless after X number of drinks only, any amount will...

The Drunk as the Bodhisattva

Over at Tricycle, Alexandra Kolyanides posts a wonderful bit on Faulkner’s advice to writers back when he won the Nobel Prize. I was struck by how his words sounded like the Path. The young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart...

Faith That Lacks Faith

TIME Magazine’s David van Biema gives us 2008’s Top 10 stories on religion. For my money, this story is especially fascinating since it applies to our sangha in really specific ways. A 35,000-person poll by the Pew Forum for Religion & Public Life...

Once again: The Self-Esteem Trap

In a previous post, I wrote of the dangers of “small self esteem”. Now Shambala Sun Space’s Andrea Miller blogs about her upcoming article: Gen Me as a whole is caught in what she calls the self-esteem trap and it’s the way we’ve been raised that...

The Right Wants Deepak

I couldn’t help it. I just had to keep this story going since I think it is actually quite meaningful. All of us should consider how it is, on a psycho-spiritual level, that we both let information about our world in, and then how we express it. Is there...
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