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A powerful example of Buddhism and social justice coming together - in the homeland of the Buddha.

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Too often these days the practice of carefully listening and pondering the teachings is downplayed in favor of just practicing. This has led many to an extreme of anti-intellectualism; one most would say never existed in Buddhism before the modern age.

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Things are quiet here .... too quiet. Here's a short news post I wrote today to re-awaken the group (if only a bit).

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I came across this searching for something...I have not read yet but looked interesting and easy to read. 

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Guest author Edwin Ng raises some great questions about the fundamental ethics of people engaging in and/or promulgating mindfulness. At times at least it seems that it is being used as a way of avoiding deeper structural problems (e.g. in a workplace where workers are over-worked and underpaid; management offers them "mindfulness" instead of better hours/pay). http://www.patheos.com/blogs/americanbuddhist/2016/04/mindfulness-and-self-care-why-should-i-care.html 

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Finally, a new post up at Progressive Buddhism! Some wandering wonderings about what makes for a good meditation teacher.

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A New Perspective on Buddhism
The Buddhist Five Hinderances of Meditation article http://bit.ly/20DVfIN

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Following on the wonderful recent series of guest posts, here is a discussion of Diana Eck's writings on Buddhism in "A New Religious America..." Have a look and share your thoughts for others to discuss.

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"It’s no wonder, then, that the Dalai Lama calls himself a ‘feminist’ and talks openly about his support for women’s rights and why the Gyalwang Karmapa has entire chapter in his book (The Heart Is Noble) to gender and the Buddhist argument for feminism and gender equality. I think, now, with the third-wave feminism that gave rise to new subjectivities (i.e. ‘intersectionality’) by the LGBTQ community, indigenous/refugee women, and women of color, fits right into the discussion of Tibetan feminism."
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