Expanding Our Sense of Community: Western Buddhists and Interfaith Dialogue

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Has Buddhism in the Western World, especially in America, become a collection of private clubs? How can we engage collaboratively with seekers of other faiths — and with Buddhists from other traditions as well?

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Basic Training for Life

“Basic training on the Buddhist path involves working with our whole being—body, speech and mind.”

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Heating Up the Dharma: The Container Principle

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In the West, and especially for Gens X, Y and Z, it seems there are as many ways to practice the Buddha’s teachings as there are bowls of microwave popcorn. What’s your recipe?

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Cultural Theism

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When it comes to opening our minds and hearts to spiritual teachers, are some of us in the West allergic to our own culture? Could an attraction to the exotic keep us from finding spiritual wisdom in our own backyard?


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Buddha on the Road

A reflection on the dharma as it was brought to the West by Buddhist teachers in the late 50s and 60s, and some questions we might ask ourselves as we consider this path to the truth as applied to our modern lives.

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Welcome to Your Rebellion

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Western practitioners are beginning to question the cultural forms in which the Buddhist teachings were originally given to us. Is this rebellious feeling a good thing, or a problem? What does it mean to become spiritually “mature” students of dharma?

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