Buddhism

Photo by B Tal via Flickr

Anywhere but Here

Transmigration in the heart of Dixie.

"будда 298" by frage23 via Flickr

Sermon Fire

A cut-up/erasure of the Buddha’s Fire Sermon.

Buddhist Warfare

Buddhist Killing: It Really Happens

Buddhism is often thought of as the exception. It’s a religion without gods (at least in some forms), to the chagrin of those who want to define religion as something along the lines of “belief in gods.” By the same token, as Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism take the blame for some of history’s most…

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Female Monks Everywhere!

Consider yourself warned, Western fools! The upcoming epidemic of female monks will bring down societies! These “monkettes” will meditate and pray. A lot! They will wear robes and shave their heads! They will be indistinguishable from men! Furthermore, we original monks will suffer in dirty quarters with substandard food, while fighting the temptation to boff…

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Grass Huts and Hermits

Travels in China, on the trail of American Buddhism.

Original art by Susan Morningstar

Barbershop Dharma

God-breathed, with a little off the side. A new excerpt from the KtB anthology, Believer, Beware.

Small buddha statues at the Oeosa temple, Pohang, South Korea.

Breakin’ It Down

A meditation on ass-shaking.

The monks and the fire.

Fire-walking at Mount Takao

Mount Takao is located in a western, wooded stretch of greater Tokyo. It is a prime destination to take in the seasons and escape the asphalt island that is the rest of the city. Plum and cherry blossoms in the spring and crimson maples in the autumn attract the most visitors. An old temple, Yakuōin,…

Hojo-san & Myo-e by Tenku via Flickr

Zen and the Art of Hostessing

After all, Buddhist monks are men too.

Killing the Buddha

“I Only Desire”: Poet Monks

Running into a monk at a hostess bar in Kyoto was as jarring to me as bumping into a rowdy rabbi or Baptist minister at a strip club.  Though all may marry, there is still something incongruous when holy men revel at establishments where women are the entertainment.  But maybe I shouldn’t have been so…

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Birth Is Suffering

The Buddha named his son “Fetter” for a reason.

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Ways I Have Been a Bad Meditator

Itch. Sex. Shush!

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Credit Card Rosary

My friend/hero Will, who for the months since his success in electing Barack Obama president has made it his business to travel around “visiting people,” sent me a delightful little gift that he picked up at the gift shop of the new Catholic cathedral in Oakland, California. It’s a rosary, made out of bumps on…

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Happy JewBu Day

Today’s a big day. At sunset, Passover begins (stay tuned for a special piece publishing at that very moment!). And in Japan, it’s the Buddha’s birthday. What a wonderful coincidence (or dilemma?) for all the JewBus out there! I also know at least two people with birthdays today, and they’re both at least part Jewish…

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Lessons

What can a Cambodian monk offer three kids from Liberia?

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Tea with God

After a lifetime spent looking for God, Sue finally finds him. And he’s pretty steamy.

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Kung Fu Dharma

The journey from Vipassana to Kickyourassana.

Photo by Andrew Boyd

Testing the Vows of Celibacy

Scenes from a spiritual bootcamp.