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Ernest Hemingway and Emptiness

Ernest Hemmingway and Emptiness (Shunyata)

This one is the second guest posting by Dr. Douglas Gentile, who writes the American Buddhist blog at  He has been training in multiple Buddhist traditions since about 1989.  In his professional life he is an award-winning researcher, author, and university professor. His previous guest post on the DailyBuddhism was “What Does . . . → Read More: Ernest Hemingway and Emptiness

Thich Nhat Hanh: On Birth and Death

Yesterday we talked briefly about Bardo, which is a Tibetan concept and involves the afterlife.

I tend to lean more toward the Zen methods, and easily the most famous, most well-respected Zen teacher today is Thich Nhat Hanh. We’ve discussed him here before many times, most notably back when I introduced the Five Precepts. He’s a great . . . → Read More: Thich Nhat Hanh: On Birth and Death

Bardo: Purgatory for Buddhists

A Reader writes:

I am 17 years old. I have been alone for the last few months, doing a lot of thinking. I am realizing that I am very different from all of the people around me, and that after I have finished my school I would like to leave western society and practice spirituality. . . . → Read More: Bardo: Purgatory for Buddhists

Koan: Ryonen’s Clear Realization

Koan: Ryonen’s Clear Realization

The Buddhist nun known as Ryonen was born in 1797. She was a granddaughter of the famous Japanese warrior Shingen. Her poetic genius and alluring beauty were such that at seventeen she was serving the empress as one of the ladies of the court. Even at such a youthful age fame awaited her.

The . . . → Read More: Koan: Ryonen’s Clear Realization

GLBT People and Buddhism: Compatible?

A reader writes:

I’m just starting a new interest in Buddhism but I’m gay and I read that the Dali Lama thinks homosexuality is wrong for Buddhists. How should I handle that?

My Response:

I did a post on this back in 2008, and most of it is still true.  As far as I know, the Dalai . . . → Read More: GLBT People and Buddhism: Compatible?