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Can You Be a Conservative and a Buddhist?

| October 23, 2016 | 15 Comments
Can You Be a Conservative and a Buddhist?

This question was recently answered in the affirmative by Christopher Ford, who argued in Elephant in the Meditation Room (October 14, 2016) that it’s possible to be both politically conservative and a Buddhist.  More, he thinks it’s crucial that Buddhism in the U.S. has a greater diversity of opinion among its adherents, for “a bigger […]

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Living with the Devil — Stephen Batchelor

| January 10, 2012 | 0 Comments
Living with the Devil — Stephen Batchelor

This is the introduction to a 13 part series of talks with Stephen Batchelor, hosted by the New Zealand Secular Buddhists. The topic is Stephen’s book, Living with the Devil.

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Refuge in the Buddha: Man or Myth?

| June 16, 2011 | 18 Comments
Refuge in the Buddha: Man or Myth?

The meaning and context of the word refuge in and of itself is worth some thought and consideration, especially to those of us who practice secular Buddhism. In most traditions, refuge is considered faith, faith that what one is being taught is true or valid. But those of us who come from and have rejected religious pasts, faith may cause one to balk. At the least, it should prompt you to question and explore just why and how one takes refuge.

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