But the real reason why Iâ€™m not reciting the litany is because thatâ€™s not what I wanted to write about. What I wanted to write about is how, now that our two biggest contenders are a white woman and a black man, over the coming days and likely straight on through November, weâ€™re going to be hearing a lot about race and gender. And Iâ€™m willing to bet that most of it is going to going to be pretty asinine.
The very definition of a bodhisattva is one who forsakes final and complete nirvana for the sake of others, to help all other sentient beings attain nirvana first. Why? Because the bodhisattva knows that if just one person is unenlightened, nobody gets enlightened.
While walking through the lobby of the JSC (where our offices are) just now, my eye caught a flyer for a “Generation Y” workshop hosted by the Center for Buddhist Education, for young Buddhists between the ages of 21 to 35. (My first thought, of course, was that I always thought I was part of […]
Over the past couple of weeks (read: since I turned in the dissertation and as a way to distract myself from thinking about it too much) I have been diligently redesigning the Institute of Buddhist Studies website. The old site was a mess. I did what I could with the original files, but never knew […]
Most of us would prefer to base our voting decision on policy differences. However, the candidatesâ€™ goals are similar. They have all laid out detailed plans on everything from strengthening our middle class to investing in early childhood education. So qualities of leadership, character and judgment play a larger role than usual.
I’ve got a couple of quick things I wanted to interject here. It’s nearly ten in the morning, and I really need to start working. Big big IBS website redesign project nearing completion. More on that later. Sentence fragments here. Heighten tension. Anyway, while tooling around the web this morning, I found a very well-written […]
While driving around yesterday (where was I going? home? work? whatever) I heard on NPR that the third Monday of January is considered the most depressing day of the year. It’s considered that by some therapist who claims that it’s just about the time that our Christmas credit card bills start showing up and we […]
I just stumbled across this today and thought it would be a nice antidote to the long-winder ethics rant from the weekend! Go on. Ask him if you’re enlightened. Zen Cat
There’s a couple of things to think about when talking about Buddhist ethics. The first and, to me, probably the most important thing is that there is no general “Buddhist ethic” that is agreed upon by every iteration of the tradition. Like any religion, like any social thing really, there’s a spectrum of opinion ranging from lose and free-wheeling Buddhists to pretty dogmatic and conservative ones.
As a follow up to my last entry on Japanese Buddhists trying to drum up interest, my friend Harry turned me on to this article from the Buddhist Channel. It’s a bit more detailed than the Guardian article. Thanks Harry!