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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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"What is your exercise goal?"
Today, two people at worked asked me essentially the same question.  I was actually confused; isn't the "goal" of exercise to sustain and cultivate one's existence?  I was going to say "Why did Bodhidharma come from the West," but that would have been too i...

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From the Founder of Falun Da Fa, which attended today's Portland Buddhist Festival
Sorry for 2 posts in a row about this topic, but I think it's important for people to know just what we're talking about when we talk about Falun Da Fa, and its relationship to what ethnic Buddhists think and what liberal convert Western Buddhists think abo...
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