The new episode of the DharmaRealm is up (go listen! now!) in which we talk about American Shin Buddhist practice. One of the things we recognize is that the BCA is very much “family Buddhism.” This is a double-edged sword, of course. One the one hand, it acknowledges that people have families, they have kids and jobs and lives, and it can be very difficult to practice Buddhism. So the BCA creates a space that is extremely open and welcoming to anyone complete with Dharma Schools for the kids. But this can also be really difficult for the solitary practitioner. It can be hard to find your place in a century-old community where there are long-standing family networks if you yourself don’t have a family or pre-exisiting ties. It’s a real problem, and Harry and I certainly don’t solve the issue in this one episode, but I was excited to have a chance to talk about it regardless.
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 […]
Okay, so like I mentioned a couple of entries ago, I’ve got this “new job” (which is really the same job I’ve had for the past few months but with a new title and benefits). The important thing to tell you right now is that they gave me an office. The even more important thing […]
I got an email earlier today (or perhaps last night?) from my very good friend Juli who I haven’t spoken with in quite a while. In her email she asked about my new job and about something I wrote in my blog about another friend of mine whose relationship is coming to end. Both these comments made me realize that I must have been posting some rather random things in this little blog and not paying attention to the details. (And that Juli and I really need to catch up. We will! I promise!)
This past weekend, at the opening of the new Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley (where I’ve gotten myself a new job, but that’s another story), there was a symposium on the varieties of nembutsu practice in Buddhism. It was, among other things, your typical academic symposium, full of very good, well-written papers by some very […]