Posts for Legacy

"Mindfulness, Compassion & Wisdom: Three Means To Peace" by Joseph Goldstein

2010 May 11

How can three principles of meditation be applied to the world's conflicts? The method is mindfulness, the expression is compassion, and the essence is wisdom.

“Is Buddhism a Religion?” by Gary Gach

2010 May 06

Sometimes it’s good to stay with a question, rather than latching on to any one answer. So, let's consider: is Buddhism a religion? A philosophy? Psychology? Education?

"Dhamma Gita: Music of Young Practitioners Inspired by The Dhamma" by Hanuman Goleman

2010 May 04

A recent album of modern Buddhist music represents the unique voices of a new generation of practitioners.

"Impossible Choices: Thinking About Mental Health Issues From a Buddhist Perspective" by Maia Duerr

2010 May 03

Mental illness is no longer an individual matter, a case of one person’s psyche gone awry, but rather it sits in the context of our society and culture.

"Toward a Western Buddhism and Contemporary Dharma" by Lama Surya Das

2010 April 26

It has often been pointed out that historically whenever Buddhism has entered a culture, it has not only changed the culture, it has also been changed by it. Lama Surya Das identifies emerging trends of Western Buddhism and offers advice on beginning Dharma practice.

“Different Paths and One Dharma” by Gary Gach

2010 April 25

A primer on some of the schools and lineages of Buddhist practice which have become popular in the West.

"One Dharma" by Joseph Goldstein

2010 April 20

As different Buddhist traditions take root in the West, is it possible to find an essential teaching that supports them all?

"The Meditative Perspective" by Douglas Chermak

2010 April 08

How can meditation practice support the practice of law? For the past five years, the Working Group on Meditation and Law has been exploring some of the ways in which a meditative perspective can be transformative in the working lives of lawyers and contribute to a re-envisioning of the legal profession.

"Improvisation, Creativity, and Consciousness" by Ed Sarath

2010 April 08

Professor Ed Sarath describes the founding of the University of Michigan's program in Jazz and Contemplative Studies, one of the first degree programs to integrate a significant contemplative studies component with conventional coursework in psychology, philosophy, religion, and socio-cultural studies.

"Vowing Peace in an Age of War: Part 4" by Alan Senauke

2010 April 06

To achieve peace, we need to understand that the potential for hatred—or goodness—that we see in our enemies exists simultaneously in ourselves.

"Beat Buddha" by Wes Nisker

2010 April 06

In the 1950’s, the Beat writers popularized Buddhism in the West, talking about it in their novels and poetry and making it relevant to modern audiences.

"How American Women Are Changing Buddhism" By Rita M. Gross

2010 April 01

American women are taking Buddhism away from its patriarchal past, participating confidently as practitioners, teachers, and leaders. The job is not finished, says Rita M. Gross, one of Buddhism's leading feminist thinkers, but the role of American Buddhist women is unprecedented and may change Buddhism forever.

"Vowing Peace in an Age of War, Part 2: Carrying Forth Realization Into The World" by Alan Senauke

2010 March 30

Alan Senauke relates modern socially engaged Buddhism to the ancient teachings of the Buddha and Eihei Dogen, a founder of Japanese Zen Buddhism.

"Vowing Peace in an Age of War, Part 1: The Wide World Is A Meditation Hall" by Alan Senauke

2010 March 26

“Bearing witness” is a radical act of complete acceptance, recognizing the human capacity for violence that exists within our minds.

"An Introduction to Engaged Buddhism" by Maia Duerr

2010 March 26

A very brief introduction to Socially Engaged Buddhism, with recommended videos, articles, links and books to further your understanding.

"Teahouse Poems" by Jane Hirshfield

2010 March 17

In Japanese Zen, it’s sometimes said that there are four kinds of Buddhist practice. One is priest practice, one is monastic practice, one is layperson’s practice, and the fourth is “teahouse practice.”

"How Buddhism Came to the West" by Maia Duerr

2010 March 17

A brief summary of some of the modern faces and forms of contemporary Western Buddhism.

"Empathy and Compassion in Buddhism and Neuroscience" by Alfred W. Kaszniak

2010 March 17

The Buddhist view of empathy, compassion and self-identity seems to be supported by recent neurophysiologic research.

"Buddhism and Environmental Politics" by Paul Wapner

2010 March 10

Our environmental work begins and ends with stepping into our lives with all the mindfulness we can, and taking that mindfulness seriously.

"If the Buddha Used Twitter" by Soren Gordhamer

2010 March 07

The Buddha said, "Better than a thousand senseless verses is one that brings the hearer peace." What might he have said about Twitter?


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