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Insults and Quips


Recently I’ve cut down drastically on my use of harsh language in an offensive manner, but I’m wondering on something. Me and my friends will ridicule each other and call each other unbelievably horrid things, just to joke around. We all know it, and in case any of them ever take me seriously I quickly make . . . → Read More: Insults and Quips

Great Expectations

I (along with what seemed like about everyone else on Earth) was watching the US Presidential inauguration on Tuesday and Twittering about it at the same time. I was being a bit negative, or perhaps overly realistic, when I asked something along the lines of, “Are we expecting too much? Can he actually DO all this? . . . → Read More: Great Expectations

The Man on the Subway

Guest post time again! I don’t have anyone lined up for next week, so if you’re in the mood to do some writing, send me an email.

This week, we have Philip Miller, who first discovered Buddhism fifty years ago but only recently came grasp it. He’s a member of the Heart of the Lotus . . . → Read More: The Man on the Subway

Koan: A Mother’s Advice

A Mother’s Advice

Jiun, a Shingon master, was a well-known Sanskrit scholar of the Tokugawa era. When he was young he used to deliver lectures to his brother students.

His mother heard about this and wrote him a letter:

“Son, I do not think you became a devotee of the Buddha because you desired to turn into a walking . . . → Read More: Koan: A Mother’s Advice

Weekly Buddhism Issue 15

Maybe the most informative issue ever! Includes dozens of reader comments and insights on the original articles!Contents of this week’s issue:

Symbol: Enso
Parenting and Discipline with Responses
Koan: Dried Dung
Jataka Tales XV: The Ox Who Envied the Pig
Koan: Kashapa’s Teaching Sign
Poem: Crowned Compassion
I, Cannibal: Horror and Buddhism with Responses
Koan: The First Principle
Ahimsa with Responses

16 Pages. Buy it now . . . → Read More: Weekly Buddhism Issue 15