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Street Wise: Bernie Glassman in Yonkers

…ple of this process Glassman cited Gary, a man of impressive clarity and conviction whom I had met at the bakery. ‘A number of years ago a visitor came from a foundation that was evaluating the bakery and asked Gary, “Is Zen Buddhism being taught here?” Gary replied, “The bakery was started by Buddhists who had a way of doing the work for the work itself. They trained us and then we trained other people. So if you ask someone on the bakery floor…

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Reading Emptiness: Reflecting on Buddhism and Literature

…is a series of excellent, closely argued essays. (The second is a less interesting discussion of Lafcadio Hearn, the American decadent and Japanophile.) Humphries is well versed in literature and critical theory, though his Buddhism is perhaps overly influenced by Zen. Buddhism offers him a path out of the maze of theory, back to the romance of reading, now reconceived as Zen contemplation: ‘let go,’ he tells us, ‘and you are like a great tide…

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What the Buddha means … for me & the world

…nt is central to that.   WB: Towards the end of the book, you explore contemporary approaches to Buddhism, in particular in the West — from rationalistic, demystifying approaches, to the magical and symbolic thinking of Tibetan Buddhism. You say that ‘none of these approaches does full justice to Gautama’s teaching.’ What, in your view, are the problems with these various approaches? And what kind of approach do you think does justice to…

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Translating Emptiness: a Meeting with Stephen Batchelor

…much in the translation of Buddhist texts. What academics are doing is competent, but often not very inspiring. We should be producing translations that can be read for their literary merits by people who know nothing about Buddhism, and that speak across borders into the wider culture. V: Do you see this as a way that Buddhism can influence western culture? SB: Absolutely. Richard Rorty says ‘a talent for speaking differently rather than…

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Secular Mindfulness & Buddhism (2) A Wider View of Mindfulness

What can the secular mindfulness movement learn from Buddhism? As well as Mining Buddhism for more teachings and practices, Buddhism offers an expanded view of mindfulness which places it in a coherent vision of human life, while many Buddhists themselves can offer the example of lived based around committed practice Mindfulness Based Approaches (MBAs) extract mindfulness from the web of ideas and practices that Buddhists call the Dharma, which…

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