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Mindfulness Meditation Can Improve Views On And Interactions With African Americans

| July 8, 2015 | 7 Comments
Mindfulness Meditation Can Improve Views On And Interactions With African Americans

Recently, the US media has focused on violence against African Americans – specifically by various police departments. The focus has lead to a lot of anger and a lot of opinions – but what is the TRUTH of these situations? Maybe we’ll never know for sure, but a leading suggestion is that there’s some kind […]

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A Few Words on Bodhi and Batchelor

| July 8, 2015 | 63 Comments
A Few Words on Bodhi and Batchelor

I would like to have more time to respond to Bhikkhu Bodhi’s recent piece on Secular Buddhism over at Secular Buddhism New Zealand, “Facing the Great Divide”, as well as to Stephen Batchelor’s lengthy response in the comments. Unfortunately time is short so I will be necessarily brief. Bhikkhu Bodhi Bodhi’s essay is something of an […]

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Reflections on the Second Noble Truth: It’s More Than Craving

| July 5, 2015 | 6 Comments
Reflections on the Second Noble Truth: It’s More Than Craving

Buddhists (secular and non-secular alike) have it right: suffering is caused by craving. But that’s not the end of the story. While the Buddha’s views on suffering provide us with essential insights about how and why we suffer, we need to broaden our view of suffering beyond the explanation offered by mainstream Western Buddhists.  Introduction […]

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On the Skillfulness of Refined Taste

| June 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
On the Skillfulness of Refined Taste

On the first day of a course in wine appreciation I was presented with two samples and asked to describe their aromas. They both smelled like wine. There was nothing else I could say about them. I remember thinking that that would change, and that by the end of the course I would be able to […]

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Cultivating Wisdom in an Era of Technological Change

| June 3, 2015 | 2 Comments
Cultivating Wisdom in an Era of Technological Change

My grandmother grew up in the era of the horse and buggy, but lived to see a man set foot on the Moon. When I was a kid growing up in New York we had rotary dial telephones. Personal computers were just being introduced, with green phosphorescent screens and weird command-line interfaces. The first office Xerox […]

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The Forgiveness Challenge – Part 4

| May 31, 2015 | 2 Comments
The Forgiveness Challenge – Part 4

This is “Part 4” of a series on Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s Forgiveness Challenge:   http://forgivenesschallenge.com/   which aligns with the ideas of a Secular Buddhism more than many expect (just keep reading and see for yourself).   If you haven’t read the first article, I encourage you to here: Part 1 I suspect that […]

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The Forgiveness Challenge – Part 3

| May 24, 2015 | 1 Comment
The Forgiveness Challenge – Part 3

This is “Part 3” of a series on Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s Forgiveness Challenge:   http://forgivenesschallenge.com/   which aligns with the ideas of a Secular Buddhism more than many expect (just keep reading and see for yourself).   If you haven’t read the first article, I encourage you to here: Part 1 I suspect that […]

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