Extinction Rebellion and Buddhist Ethics

Extinction Rebellion and Buddhist Ethics

The two biggest Buddhist magazines in America both recently featured articles about a guy named Mark Ovland from the environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion (XR). Ovland has been described as a Buddhist teacher in some articles, although the piece in Tricycle magazine says he “left behind his Buddhist teacher training earlier this year to join […]

I Want a Milkshake

I Want a Milkshake

Yesterday’s talk at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Cleveland Heights went really well. The questions from the audience were great. One person asked about how Zen helps a person overcome desire. As you may know, the standard version of Buddha’s Four Noble Truths goes, 1. All life is suffering, 2. The cause of suffering is […]

Zen Dojos Are Not Churches

Zen Dojos Are Not Churches

Looking over some of the responses to my previous blog post, I think I am starting to get a handle on why I find myself so often at odds with the way a lot of people think about the matter of welcoming-ness and inclusivity in Zen. In that previous blog post, I compared Buddhist centers […]

Is American Buddhism Really "Too White"?

Is American Buddhism Really “Too White”?

According to the Pew Research Center, Buddhism is the fourth most racially diverse religion in America. In fact, American Buddhists leave everyone except the Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Muslims in the dust.  The numbers are staggering. Less than half of American Buddhists are white as compared to other religions like the Episcopal Church […]

Peace of Mind

Peace of Mind

Kodo Sawaki said, “You lack peace of mind because you’re running after an idea of total peace of mind. That’s backwards. Be attentive to your mind in each moment, no matter how unpeaceful it might seem to be. Great peace of mind is realized only in the practice within this unpeaceful mind. Real peace of […]