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Secular Mindfulness & Buddhism (1) Mining Buddhism

…mbrace the use of mindfulness in secular settings, but I am also keenly aware that much is lost in the transition. I want to explore this further not by focusing on the demerits of secular mindfulness but by asking what else Buddhism has to offer. It is striking how little this question is asked in the rush to mindfulness. The Buddhist roots of mindfulness are acknowledged, but Buddhism itself is placed in the category ‘religion’ and therefore…

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Buddhism: An Introduction – a Review

…eties. Buddhism deliberately situated itself at the fringe of society and was vulnerable when other religious movements such as Hinduism or Confucianism associated themselves with state power and used their influence to push Buddhism out altogether. Wynne contrasts this with the State Buddhism that developed in a number of countries and changed Buddhism in ways which, he considers, were more fundamental than the difference between Mahayana and…

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Buddhism & the Mindfulness Movement: Friends or Foes?

…aises the question of whether the American spirit and the ‘core American values’ mentioned in the blurb are really compatible with the Buddhist spirit and Dharmic values. (I’m curious to read the book). The encounter between Buddhism and the West has many dimensions, some of which have far more depth than MBAs, but this still seems to me the most substantial development in the encounter between Buddhism and the West for many years. Buddhists are…

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‘Compassion for My Torturer’: A Meeting With Palden Gyatso

…briety. Following Palden’s release from prison in 1995, the Tibetan underground smuggled him out of the country along perilous escape routes over the Himalayas. They hoped he would tell the world about his experiences in the Tibetan gulag. Since then he has testified before a United Nations tribunal, addressed pro-Tibetan protests in the West and, with the help of his translator Tsering Shakya, written a book. Fire Under The Snow is a prison…

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Don’t Rely on Lineage

…stretching right back to the Indian masters and the cosmic Buddhas who inspired them. This continuity is especially important when tantric practices are passed on. The tulku system of reborn lamas is a unique variant within Tibetan Buddhism that avoids the difficulties of passing a teaching from one person to the next by claiming that they are, in fact the same person. Zen and Ch’an teachers are authorised ritually through Dharma Transmission,…

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