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On Teaching Buddhism: My Point of View

A long-time reader wrote:

You mentioned in several past episodes that you are not a┬áZen┬áMaster or Guru, and yet, you have taught hundreds if not thousands of disciples through your podcast. Does this not make you then a teacher of aspiring Buddhists? With the availability of the internet, it is likely your students/listeners have more . . . → Read More: On Teaching Buddhism: My Point of View

Koan: How Grass and Trees Become Enlightened

Koan: How Grass & Trees Become Enlightened

During the Kamakura period, Shinkan studied Tendai six years and then studied Zen seven years; then he went to China and contemplated Zen for thirteen years more.

When he returned to Japan many desired to interview him and asked obscure questions. But when Shinkan received visitors, which was infrequently, he seldom . . . → Read More: Koan: How Grass and Trees Become Enlightened

Podcast Episode 59: Paradoxes and Being in the Present

Podcast Episode 59: Paradoxes and Being in the Present

Announcements:

The all-new Monthly Buddhism PDF Magazine for the month of June will go on sale tomorrow, and future issues will be available regularly on the first Sunday of each month. The June issue has Just under 50 pages of great . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 59: Paradoxes and Being in the Present

Paradoxes

Question:

I was listening to one of the many comments that you were reading on your podcast regarding attachment to enlightenment, and I had a delightful series of thoughts that I felt compelled to share with the Daily Buddhism sangha. I was listening to your commentary on the issue and realized that it may not be a . . . → Read More: Paradoxes

Review: Now & Zen Timepiece

Zen Timepiece in Cherry

Review: Now & Zen Timepiece
Review by Brian Schell
Manufacturer Link: http://www.now-zen.com
Price $189

Packing & Contents:

My review sample arrived in a nice retail box with plenty of safety packaging. The heavy brass bowl was separated from the wooden clock unit to avoid damage. I played with the bowl a while before ever opening the . . . → Read More: Review: Now & Zen Timepiece

Book: The Saint of Kathmandu, by Sarah Levine

Book: The Saint of Kathmandu and Other Tales of the Sacred in Distant Lands
By Sarah Levine
Reviewed by Brian Schell
Beacon Press, 242 Pages, ISBN 978-0-8070-1312-0
Buy from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0807013129/?tag=askdrarca-20

This is a little different from the other books I’ve reviewed here. It’s not strictly a Buddhist book; it’s about various religions around the world. There are six stories . . . → Read More: Book: The Saint of Kathmandu, by Sarah Levine

DVD Review: Zen Noir

Movie: Zen Noir
Director: Marc Rosenbush
Reviewed by Brian Schell
English, 71 Minutes
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000LUBZDU/?tag=askdrarca-20

I saw the trailers for this movie last winter, and it looked hilarious, so when I finally had a chance to watch the film, I jumped at it. Zen humor is not something you see everyday, and this was obviously advertised as a comedy.

The . . . → Read More: DVD Review: Zen Noir