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Lion's Roar

Lion's Roar
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:43:23 -0700

This became the thrust of the book, revealing the teacher-sangha dynamic that made Ruth a pioneer of Western Buddhism. She had been the first teacher to lead all-women's retreats; she was the first to include mindful movement in her teaching of ...

Patheos (blog)

Patheos (blog)
Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:02:59 -0700

As many recent commentators have noted, communities of 'Western Buddhism' remain unexceptional in this regard. Indeed, one could argue that the very notion of 'Western' or 'American' Buddhism is complicit in this mythology, as shaped by the search to ...

Patheos (blog)

Patheos (blog)
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:23:14 -0700

Way back when he reviewed the Buddhist monk Stephen Batchelor's lovely book “Alone With Others,” The Western Buddhist John Blofeld wrote an introduction praising the young monk scholar and his writing. Blofeld went on to say it was unfortunate that ...

Lion's Roar

Lion's Roar
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:50:01 -0700

About 50 dharma teachers from the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, and France gathered June 6-10 at Dharma Drum Chan Monastery in Pine Bush, New York, for the second Gen X Dharma Teachers Conference, where they discussed the issues they face as ...

Patheos (blog)

Patheos (blog)
Fri, 01 Jan 2016 22:57:17 -0800

In an intriguing recent lecture, scholar of Western Buddhism Jeff Wilson makes the claim that mindfulness is, in fact, Buddhism's largest single impact on North America. The evidence is more than compelling: from books by Congressman Tim Ryan (A ...
 
Huffington Post (blog)
Fri, 04 Nov 2011 09:51:50 -0700

It's been about 50 years since the bulk of the Asian meditation masters arrived here — Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Vietnamese and so on. Many of us have spent our whole adult lives trying to practice and absorb what they taught us. I've been thinking ...

CounterPunch

CounterPunch
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 01:10:15 -0800

The topic of socially engaged Buddhism is complex and very important to the future of the dharma in our troubled, fast-moving and intensely competitive global world. Buddhist scholar Stephen Batchelor says that phrase “socially engaged Buddhism” was ...
 
Huffington Post
Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:16:30 -0800

A few weeks ago I began a series of posts called “Western Buddhism: The 50 Year Lessons.” In that post I mentioned three lessons: enlightenment is not what we thought, meditation is not good for everything and religious corruption is universal. Outside ...
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