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Sogyal Rinpoche

More Buddhist Scandals

So, apparently, a guy named Sogyal Rinpoche who runs (ran?) a Buddhist organization called Rigpa is in trouble for doing some kinda something that made people upset. According to Lion’s Roar, a “twelve-page letter (from Sogyal’s students) … addresses, in detail, four areas of alleged behavior by Sogyal Rinpoche: physical and psychological abuse of students, […]

The High Cost of Zen

The High Cost of Zen

I often get the question of why it’s so expensive to go to Zen retreats or to do monastic practice. Shouldn’t the dharma be free? Before going into my answer I want to make the point that, while Zen retreats are often costly, going to your local Zen center just to sit with the group […]

Opening Up to Ideological Diversity

Opening Up to Ideological Diversity

The other day, Lion’s Roar magazine ran an article called The False Comfort of the Familiar by Jules Shuzan Harris. It’s a great article about the lack of diversity in many Buddhist communities. Harris points out how “people naturally tend to self-segregate and align themselves with others with whom they find similarity, familiarity, and comfort.” […]

GODZILLA RESURGENCE

GODZILLA RESURGENCE

I finally saw SHIN GOJIRA (aka Godzilla Resurgence) last night. This is the latest Godzilla film from Japan. It was released in July, 2016 in Japan. And, although it has played at a few theaters in the US, it has yet to be widely released here in theaters or on DVD. The official US release […]

Permanent Peace: An Open Letter to Deepak Chopra

Permanent Peace: An Open Letter to Deepak Chopra

Dear Mr. Chopra, You blocked me on Twitter yesterday, so I don’t know if you’ll ever see this letter. Maybe someone who knows how to contact you will send you a link. First off, I want to apologize if I offended you or hurt your feelings. That was not my intention. I actually enjoy what […]