Stanley Moss's Almost Complete Poems
A Bodhisattva’s Approach to Climate Activism
Bodhisattvas commit daily to an impossible task: the liberation of all living beings. What can climate activists learn from their active nonattachment?
A Buddhist and Interfaith Response to Debt Capitalism
In order to alleviate mass suffering, there is a spiritual urgency for the interfaith community in the United States to bring attention and public awareness to this global issue of debt crisis and jubilee.
Buddhism and Debt
What resources does Buddhism offer toward Jubilee? To achieve the Buddhist goal of release from karmic debt, we must annul economic debt.
A Buddhist God?
Is it right to describe Buddhism as atheistic? Many people do, pointing to the fact that Buddhism doesn’t refer to a creator God. Yet it’s not so simple.
Secular Buddhism and the Quest for a Lived Ethics
Secular Buddhism offers a path that is encompassing, humanistic, and pragmatic, without being sectarian.
Special Web Articles
Love Is the Connection that Makes a Future Possible
Love is connectedness itself—connection with each other and to the Earth, fully congruent with stars, earthworms, and everything in between. To recognize the Earth in such a way is a deep spiritual practice, one that proceeds wholly beyond the terminal, parasitical relationship toward her into which humanity has fallen.
Spirituality in a Broken World
Larry Rasmussen reviews Spirituality: What It Is and Why It Matters by Roger S. Gottlieb.
Toward a New Buddhist Story
Is a new Buddhist story beginning to develop out of the interaction between Buddhism and the modern world? Both need such a new story.
How the Papal Conclave Could Renew Religion: My Two Votes for Pope
Because the Vatican is so sick and infested with evil spirits, it is time to admit that in its present configuration history has passed it by, the Holy Spirit has exited, and its usefulness has run out. But electing a person of genuine spiritual and ethical stature such as the Dalai Lama who also stands for global intelligence and peace and who calls compassion “my religion” would be a genuine act of humility and vision by the voting cardinals. It would also draw us nearer to the real teaching of Jesus and the person who Jesus was. Electing a non-westerner and a non-Christian who recognizes the spiritual genius of Jesus and the truth of the “Buddha Nature” or “Cosmic Christ” in all beings would refresh the move for interspirituality and interfaith that our planet needs so badly. (A bishop of Rome could be elected, hopefully by the people, who would live in that bishop's place—the Lateran—and preside over the Roman flock meanwhile.) This creative and visionary act by the conclave would help turn the tide of history at this time when our species is in mortal danger of destroying itself by weaponry and wars and/or by continued ecological imperialism, destroying the very nest that feeds and nourishes us.
Politics & Society
Buddhism Engaging: the Zen of Electoral Canvassing
Since 2006 a team of Buddhists based at the Berkeley Zen Center, have been using Buddhist practice to sustain and inform door-to-door political campaigning.
26.2 Spring 2011
To Uphold the World: What Two Statesmen from Ancient India Can Tell Us about Our Current Crisis
An ancient society's government endorsed nonviolence and economic social justice? It did, and we can too.
Connect Inner and Outer Transformation!
From the best of the world's spiritual and social traditions and from contemporary creativity, we need to develop our tool kits and to organize curricula and training programs to support our ongoing learning and evolution, doing so even in the very midst of action.
Love the Life–and Activism–You’re In
"Awakening Joy: Ten Steps that Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness" by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander: Review by Margie Jacobs
Coming Home to Who We Are: Buddhist Spiritual Practice and Transformation
As a young Asian American boy living in a mainstream Philadelphia suburb, I experienced many events of discrimination and racism that I did not know how to handle in my little life