a hoard of indignant banshees

There may be something of a large hullabaloo across the Buddhist internets in recent days in regards to the whole Buddhism v. science thing. The issue has to do with an opinion piece written by Athena Andreadis (whose name, by the way, is awesome) about how people love to find compatibility between science and Buddhism. Her argument, in sum, is that people who aren’t experts at something should really keep their yaps shut. Oh, and she said some stuff about Buddhism that was, shall we say, a little outside her area of expertise. That last little point was what got Barbara O’Brien’s hackles in a huff over on the eponymous Barbara’s Buddhism Blog where she thoroughly bemoaned Ms. Andreadis’ piece for its pot-and-kettle routine. I heard about all of this via NellaLou’s Enlightenment Ward. And I can only assume that this debate has spread far and wide because, at the end of the day, it is exactly the sort of thing that will turn a host of otherwise well-intentioned people into a hoard of charlatans, dilettantes, and indignant banshees. I’m going to stay well out of it.

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Le bouddhisme en Amérique

If I know you as well as I think I do, my dear readers, I know how much you like statistics. (Okay, that’s my silly attempt at sarcasm. I know that not many of you like statistics, so I’ll do my best to jump over them and get to the point as quickly as possible.)

I just read this little nugget of made-up wisdom over on the Tricycle blog: Buddhism is France’s 3rd-largest religion, according to Wikipedia.

a couple things

I read this article on CNet, about the founders of Craigslist and Wikipedia having a little chat. The following three paragraphs caught my eye. First: “The miracle of DVRs, not just TiVo, is that you can skip through commercials, and in my fantasy life…if everyone started skipping political commercials, that would defeat their purpose, and […]

destroy!

I think I just found my new favroite thing: Wikipedia. I know it’s not altogether new but I just killed an hour here at the office learning about the Cultral Revolution. And it seemed like the thing to talk about. Which might seem like a strange thing to bring up on a day like today. […]