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POLITICON 2017: Attributing Bad Intent

POLITICON 2017: Attributing Bad Intent

I attended a very interesting event this past weekend called Politicon. I went with my nephew Ben, who some readers will recall from previous installments of this blog. Suffice it to say that Ben runs a partisan website and is very interested in politics. When Ben told me he was going to Politicon in Pasadena […]

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.” […]