Tag Archives: fundamentalism

Blasphemy laws have no basis in the Quran

This is from the “Do Not Become The Unconsciousness You Seek To Avoid” file. Regardless of our tradition (and yes, this includes Buddhism), clinging to scripture or practice can distort sacred teachings. Ali Khan Mahmudabad’sexplores the blasphemy laws of both Pakistan and Indonesia in this morning’s Guardian. Believers are urged in the sixth chapter of [...]

Bangladeshi Muslims Attack Buddhists

May all beings be compassionate and wise in the face of clinging… COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh — Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims angry over an alleged derogatory photo of the Islamic holy book Quran on Facebook set fires in at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes near the southern border with Myanmar, authorities said Sunday. The [...]

Why is it easier to come out as gay than to come out as a Buddhist?

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What is Spirit?

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Redefining “Spiritual”

As I’ve led groups of meditators over the years, I’ve gotten used to hearing that people are looking for something in their lives that is “spiritual but not religious.” This is understandable since so many feel like they’ve evolved past the traditions they grew up with and yet they’re largely unclear as to what a [...]

ISmile271 – The Great Spiritual Questions

“When we see that clinging to the idea of freedom inhibits freedom, we start to evolve.”

Was Jesus a Libertarian?

Interesting lines being drawn here: some progressive Christian leaders are arguing as battle lines are drawn for the 2010 mid-term elections. They say Beck and his Tea Party followers are, in a word, unbiblical. And then of course: Tea Party activists, who claim biblical grounds for a libertarian-minded Jesus. He didn’t like tax-based welfare programs, [...]

ISmile250 – The Three Jewels

“Any teaching that tells us we have to wait for another lifetime in order to awaken isn’t worth much. But I’m not attaching to that view.”