Review of ‘Why Buddhism is True’


Here’s a nice review of Robert Wright’s Why Buddhism is True by Adam Frank.

I haven’t read the book yet, but judging from the review it seems to take a more self-conscious about the selective appropriation of Buddhist contemplative traditions in ‘the West’ than is often the case.

To his credit, Wright is more than cognizant that exploring just these aspects of Buddhism means he is filtering out quite a bit of its history. As he reminds his readers:

“Two of the most common Western conceptions of Buddhism — that it’s atheistic and that it revolves around meditation — are wrong; most Asian Buddhists do believe in gods, though not an omnipotent creator God, and don’t meditate.”

Wright also acknowledges that even within this “scientific” Buddhism he is interested in, there are also enormous differences between various philosophical schools of thought, many with 1,000-year histories.

 

 

About Jovan Maud

I’m a lecturer in the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany. Interests include: transnational religious networks, popular religion in Thailand, religious tourism and commodification, and digital anthropology.

Global Ambedkar Buddhism | Global Buddhism Blog


In a recent article, the Northwest Dharma Association reports on Lama Choyin Rangdrol, a Seattle-based African American lama in the Tibetan tradition, who was talking at the B.R. Ambedkar International Conference in Bangalore, India. In his talk, Rangdrol draws parallels between the experience of African Americans and so-called ‘untouchables’ in India.

Lama Rangdrol said participating in the conference was very powerful, because he saw so many parallels between the experience of African Americans and Indian people who fall outside the caste system, who traditionally were called untouchables. […]

“I’m a changed person. It changed me because I saw the passion and the compassion of the entire Earth coming to find out what’s going on,” Lama Rangdrol said of the conference experience. “It was a deep experience to witness the grand politic of India vie over who will address the tremendous suffering of caste, and how.”

The conference theme was a “Quest for equity—reclaiming social justice, revisiting Ambedkar” and attracted around 9,000 participants from around the world.

About Jovan Maud

I’m a lecturer in the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany. Interests include: transnational religious networks, popular religion in Thailand, religious tourism and commodification, and digital anthropology.

My Experience Teaching Mindfulness



This is an element three of a 4 half collection of interviews with Karma Yeshe Rabgye. In this video podcast he speaks about his expertise educating mindfulness. He talks very frankly about his experiences educating in faculties, companies and individually.

Books by Karma Yeshe Rabgye:
The Best Way to Catch a Snake – https://www.amazon.in/dp/B00TEPZ6G0?r…
Life’s Meandering Path – https://www.amazon.in/dp/B00NWU13R4?r…
Ripples within the Stream – https://www.amazon.in/dp/B018GXNJU0?r…

51 – "Secular Buddhism" – A discussion with Stephen Batchelor



(This is the audio of the live interview I had with Stephen Batchelor).
What if we comprehended the 4 Noble Truths to be jobs instead of facts? What if we were no longer strained by the mission for reality concerning esoteric claims/beliefs? In this episode, I will discuss what Stephen Batchelor calls Buddhism 2.0. We’re not worried with the concern “Is it true?” we’re questioning,”Does it work?” In this episode, I will talk aboutSecular Buddhism with Stephen Batchelor This interview can be viewed on the Secular Buddhism Facebook page or on YouTube.

Graduate student symposium on mass meditation


From Scott Mitchell:

Friends and associates,

I wish to cordially welcome you to the following symposium at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, Friday October 6, 1:00 -5:00.

Mass Meditation: Practices and Discourses in Contemporary Global Buddhisms

The 4th yearly graduate student symposium at the Institute of Buddhists Studies takes a look at the appeal of meditation practices in modern internationalBuddhisms Papers will provide a series of scholarship from historic viewpoints on the contemporary origins of a variety of mindfulness practices; clinical research studies of Buddhist practice and globalized Buddhist feedback loops; and relative research studies throughout customs, in between the nonreligious and the sectarian, and the contemporary and the standard.

Keynote Address:
Dr Erik Braun, University of Virginia
“The Morals of Mindfulness”

Erik Braun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University ofVirginia He is the author of The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw (University of Chicago Press, 2013), co-winner of the 2014 Toshihide Numata Book Prize inBuddhism He focuses on Burmese Buddhism in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Pāli literature, and globalizing types of meditative practice that come from Burma.

Graduate Speakers:
David Pating, Institute of Buddhist Studies
Beyond Mindfulness: Other Neurosciences and Other Buddhisms

Sung Ha Yun, University of California, Los Angeles
Sot’ aesan’s Mindfulness Practice in the Context of Modern Korean Buddhist Reformation

Julia Stenzel, McGill University
The Phenomenon of Secular Compassion Training and its Loop Back Effect on Traditional Buddhist Discourses

Solomon P. Botwick-Ries, Marlboro College
From “Mindful Eating” to Eating Mindfully: a Critical-Constructive Theology

Schedule:
1:00 p.m. Welcome remarks
1:15– 3:30 p.m. Graduate Speakers
4:00– 5:00 p.m. Keynote Adress

For more info on this occasion, to RSVP, and to get updates, please visit our Facebook page.

This occasion is supported in part by BDK America and the Asia Project at the Graduate Theological Union.

Scott Mitchell

About Jovan Maud

I’m a speaker in the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Georg-August University, Göttingen,Germany Interests consist of: global spiritual networks, popular religious beliefs in Thailand, spiritual tourist and commodification, and digital sociology.

Buddhist Literary Festival in Toronto


Here are the information for another upcoming occasion targeted at raising awareness about Buddhism in the West.

More at: thewordonthestreet.ca

About Jovan Maud

I’m a speaker in the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Georg-August University, Göttingen,Germany Interests consist of: global spiritual networks, popular religious beliefs in Thailand, spiritual tourist and commodification, and digital sociology.

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“Walk with Me”: International Release Today


Here is journalism release of an amazing brand-new movie being launched today.

FILM ON MINDFULLNESS & & MEDITATION COMING TO OVER 300 MOVIE THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON SEPTEMBER 12– WALK WITH ME

NOTE: Oscar ®-Winning Director Alejandro Iñárritu and Other Prominent Hollywood Figures In-Person with the movie’s directors Marc J. Francis and Max Pugh for the Premiere Screening and Walking Meditation with Monastics


“A moving examination of mortality and life choices.”
— Ren Jender, Village Voice

Who is Thich Nhat Hanh? And What is Mindfulness?
What is the Value of Meditation?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Nominated Him for the Nobel Peace Prize

Oprah Winfrey Has Been Deeply Inspired By Him and Feature Him on OWN‘s Super Soul Sunday

Directors Alejandro Inarritu, Alfonso Cuar ón and Actor Benedict Cumberbatch Have Been Inspired by His Work

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Has Been Deeply Inspired By Him

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A Gathr Films and Kino Lorber Release

NOW PLAYING IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA AT THE RAFAEL FILM CENTER

OPENS IN TUCSON, ARIZONA ON SEPTEMBER 15 AT THE LOFT

PLUS OVER 300 THEATRICAL ON DEMAND SCREENINGS ARE SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 AT MAJOR MOVIE THEATER LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE

WALK WITH ME

A CINEMATIC JOURNEY
INTO THE WORLD OF THICH NHAT HANH

FILMMAKERS AND 50 MONASTICS IN-PERSON OPENING WEEKEND IN LOS ANGELES; JOIN MEDITATION WALK WITH THE MONASTICS & & ALEJANDRO INARITTU

A SERIES OF EVENTS DURING OPENING WEEKEND HAVE AN IMPORTANT THEME: IN A TIME OF INCREASING POLITICAL DIVISIVENESS HOW DO WE FIND A WAY TO FIND PEACE IN OUR BEING? HOW DOES ONE CONTROL ANGER?

WALK WITH ME TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/179167579


“Fascinating and profound”

Screen International

“A unique spectacle – a thoroughly meditative piece of cinema.”
RogerEbert.com

“The filmmakers leave you desperately wanting more time with it (Plum Village).”
Austin Chronicle

Gathr Films andKino Lorber Inc present the New York City best of the movie WALK WITH ME, a cinematic journey into the world of mindfulness of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, told by Academy Award candidate Benedict Cumberbatch.

The documentary function will evaluate in New York City at the Rubin Museum of Art from August 18 through August 26. It is now playing in San Francisco at the Rafael Film Center, where it has actually been held over.

Then it will be launched in theaters throughout the United States by means of Theatrical On Demand screenings. Nearly 200 theatrical reservations nationwide have actually currently been scheduled for the movie’s theatrical-on-demand growth.

The movie got its opening night at 2017 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL previously in the year.

The much-anticipated Speakit Films produced motion picture is directed by Marc J. Francis ( BLACK GOLD) and Max Pugh ( THE ROAD TO FREEDOM PEAK).

Filmed over 3 years and with extraordinary gain access to, this visceral movie is a meditation on a neighborhood who have actually quit all their belongings for a monastic life in rural France.

“In my life I’ve been so touched by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh,  it was a great honour to work on ‘Walk With Me.’ I have no doubt that audiences across the world will be moved by this beautifully crafted film observing the daily life of the monks and nuns who have committed their lives to the art of mindfulness”
— Benedict Cumberbatch

“A moving and wonderful film that captures the essence, depth and the poetry of Thich Nhat Hanh … a great work full of love.”
— Alejandro G. Iñárritu

There will be a weekend of unique occasion screenings at the Rubin Museum as part of a one week run of the movie beginning August 18. Jo Confino, Executive Editor of Impact & & Innovation at(* )will present chosen screenings throughout the weekend “Huffington Post” monastics opening each movie welcoming audiences to unwind and breathe with the noises of a meditation bell. Q&A’s with filmmakers and monastics from with’s Thich Nhat Hanh monastic neighborhood will fulfill and follow each screening and welcomes Plum Village monastics will be held throughout the weekend.with’

Filmmakers– Statement J. Marc and Francis extraordinary gain access to, Max Pugh
“Taking our time with the film process has allowed for the chance to develop a cinematic ‘language’ capable of communicating the actual practice of a life lived differently and mindfully. We have worked to create an immersive film to plunge the audience deep into the poetry of the present moment, a feeling so elusive in the reality of the daily grind. If you can allow yourself to breathe with the rhythm of Walk With Me, let go, and relax, you can experience the film as a meditation. Movie theaters offer the best conditions for this experience; where the big screen, surround sound and the collective energy of the community can come together in one moment in time.”

Synopsis
With goes deep inside a Walk With Me neighborhood who practice the art of mindfulness Zen Buddhist their world-famous instructor with.Thich Nhat Hanh over 3 years in their abbey in rural

Filmed and on the roadway in the USA, this visceral movie is a meditation on a neighborhood grappling France existential concerns and the daily regimen of monastic life.with the seasons go and come, the monastics’ pursuit for a much deeper connection to themselves and the world around them is magnified by insights from

As’s early journals, told by Thich Nhat Hanh.Benedict Cumberbatch acknowledged for presenting mindfulness to countless individuals in the western world is 90 years of age

About Thich Nhat Hanh
Widely Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh,Today he is avidly followed by world leaders in politics and service, especially by CEOs in , and by stars of phase and screen, consisting of Silicon Valley who has actually two times welcomed him on her program.Oprah Winfrey for the

Nominated by his pal Nobel Peace Prize., Martin Luther King Jr is likewise a human rights activist, poet and effective author. Thich Nhat Hanh books have actually ended up being around the world bestsellers and he has more than a million fans on His.Facebook 1982,

In established Thich Nhat Hanh– an abbey in rural Plum Village for nuns and monks to live, and for ordinary individuals from throughout the world to participate in conscious practice. France neighborhood is among the single biggest His monastic neighborhoods worldwide.Buddhist WALK WITH ME


2017,
, United Kingdom: 94 minutes.Unrated
Runtime,
In English, and Vietnamese subtitles.French with English A

and Gathr Films and produced by Kino Lorber Release
Directed and Max Pugh J. Marc by Francis
Featuring Thich Nhat Hanh
Narrated J. Benedict Cumberbatch

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