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Eat Your Vegetables!

Dear Brian, 

I am thinking about converting into Buddhism. To me it just feels right. Although after listening to your introduction about the 5 Precepts, I find it hard to follow the 1st and the 5th. 

I have been to Iraq and fortunately I wasn’t put in a position to take another person’s life. I don’t think that . . . → Read More: Eat Your Vegetables!

Koan: Zen in a Beggar’s Life

Zen in a Beggar’s Life

Tosui was a well-known Zen teacher of his time. He had lived in several temples and taught in various provinces.

The last temple he visited accumulated so many adherents that Tosui told them he was going to quit the lecture business entirely. He advised them to disperse and to go wherever they desired. . . . → Read More: Koan: Zen in a Beggar’s Life

Setting Up A Home Shrine

A Reader recently wrote:

Do you know anything about setting up a Buddhist shrine like if there is a specific way to set it up, what offering to have/statues/pictures ect.

My Response:

Much like conversion ceremonies, there is no single set requirement, although some groups do have specific arrangements. I’m sure there are plenty of opinions and recommendations . . . → Read More: Setting Up A Home Shrine