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When Western people hear about Buddhist ideas of compassion, we tend to unconsciously jump to the conclusion that Buddhist compassion is simply another term for Christian charity. But there is a difference. Charity comes from knowing. Compassion comes from unknowing. I’d like to stress something at the outset that most readers don’t need to be […]
Merry Christmas, everybody! At this time of year I always enjoy seeing prominent Buddhists congratulate themselves on how kind, warm, and generous they have been. I’m on a bunch of mailing lists and stuff, so at year’s end I always get plenty of self-congratulatory missives from “woke” and progressive Buddhist leaders laying out all the worthy, […]
Recently, Lion’s Roar published an article entitled, Conservative Christian Group Launches Campaign Against “Buddhist Meditation” in Public Schools. They promoted the article with a Tweet that read, “One commentator called the mindfulness programs (which are nonreligious, scientifically-validated stress relief practices) ‘aggressive Buddhist teaching’.” According to Lion’s Roar, “The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), […]