Panel discussion in NYC with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Roshi Enkyo O’Hara, Shastri Ethan Nichtern and Mitra Mark Power. If Buddhist teachings such as mindfulness meditation are to inform, and transform, the larger culture, what are our next steps?
America is such a melting pot. How can we have a genuine American Buddhism? What will it look like, feel like, taste like?
“When we adopt too many aspects of the culture we are learning from, we can begin to feel pressured by it. We stop relating to situations with any immediacy. Instead, we relate to what is happening in front of us through a filter of rules and regulations.”
Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom is now available. And if the author’s example is any indication, part of the spiritual path is not taking ourselves too seriously. So, in the spirit of rebel buddha, we’re introducing another fun mind-teaser: ever seen a pithy aphorism disguised as a drink ad? Go check it out.
Everyone is looking for The Truth, but just what exactly is truth? Can an idea be true today but false tomorrow? Or is there such a thing as timeless, immutable truth? How do you know the difference between a feel-good fix and the truth that calms all sufferings?
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?
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.
The true meaning of freedom, the difference between dharma and drama, and how our rebellious intelligence — our rebel buddha — challenges all illusions that stand between us and the truth.
How important is it to get free of the Asian baggage we may have picked up along with our meditation practice? How can we tell if we’re clinging to the familiar for its own sake, or if we’re revering the truth? How do we evolve a Buddhism that works for Westerners without creating new obstacles for ourselves?