Buddhists on the Funny Farm

Buddhists on the Funny Farm

A bunch of people have sent me an article that appeared recently in Esquire magazine called The Other Side Of Paradise: How I Left A Buddhist Retreat In Handcuffs by Michael Holden. The opening paragraph says, “The police stayed calm and the Buddhists were calmer, but by then there wasn’t much anyone could do. In […]

American Buddhism Round-up 2018

American Buddhism Round-up 2018

Happy New Year. Here’s my annual Year in American Buddhism Round Up! Actually, I’ve never done one before. But it seemed like a good idea. The biggest story in American Buddhism for me in 2018 was the scandal around Noah Levine and the subsequent downfall of Against the Stream and Refuge Recovery. Between 1982, when […]

Charity vs Compassion

Charity vs Compassion

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 […]

Have Yourself a Compassionate Christmas

Have Yourself a Compassionate Christmas

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, […]

Mindfulness Meditation is Buddhist Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation is Buddhist Meditation

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), […]