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The Heart Sutra
The Heart Sutra is a fundamental text of Mahayana Buddhism.   As most of my readers who have read my blog are Buddhist, they know about the Heart Sutra.  But I have never written much on it myself.  So I think I'll write a few blog posts on it, as I have th...

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Identity Politics and Zen Buddhism
I'm using almost the exact same title of this post as one by Brad Warner , because a) it's roughly about the same topic, b) there isn't one single viewpoint on this, as you might expect, and c) Ven. Warner has of late posted a couple of rather strange  thin...

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The Karma of Spiritual Hucksterism
The other day,  I came across this article on Sendona, Arizona, in The Guardian: Sedona has no major churches, no relics, no established holy sites. But what it does have are “vortexes” – a series of unmarked points around Sedona’s various cliffs that local...

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The Dukkha of Christmas
I come from a family with six kids, and as a young child my Christmases were usually anti-climactic, and sometimes worse than that.  Every year my parents would buy clothes that were cheap, unstylish, and identical to my brother's who was 18 months younger ...

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座禅, after 25 years or so of practice, is worth it.
I 've practiced Zen for something like 25 years or so, that is, Zen meditation or Zazen ( 座禅 ).  I don’t often talk or write about it (unless you count /) on FB,  and I haven’t written about it on the blog much lately, but I do think it’s way overdue that I...

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I wouldn't go that far...
Many of us, perhaps even many Trump voters, don't want fascism in the US. Brad Warner I think finds the tumult in the aftermath of Trump's election a bit much . Ven. Warner says: What distresses me is that a large part of the Buddhist community in America h...

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