Insight Meditation at 25 (Shambhala Sun)

Shambhala Sun, November 2001 The idea was almost too ridiculous to contemplate. Three twenty-something meditation teachers, who had spent most of their adult lives wandering around Asia, now stood in front of a 150-room, former Catholic monastery-complete with bowling alley-in the hills of central Massachusetts. They were debating whether to buy it. The plan was […]

The Terror Koan: American Buddhists contemplate violence (Beliefnet.com)

Sept. 2001 The image is seared into our collective consciousness: Buddhist monks setting  themselves on fire to protest the war in Vietnam. But as they counsel the nation not to act out of a desire for revenge, many  leading Buddhist teachers are reluctantly conceding that even a religion devoted  to peace recognizes that there are […]

“Something Has to Change”: Blacks in American Buddhism (Shambhala Sun)

Shambhala Sun, September 2001. Lawrence Pintak tells the compelling stories of three African-American dharma teachers. He asks them why American Buddhism attracts so few people of color and what can be done about it. Jan Willis was feeling euphoric. Sitting in the basement of a church in London’s impoverished East End last summer, she looked […]

Balancing Business With Buddha: More and more executives and entrepreneurs are bringing the dharma to the art of the deal (Beliefnet.com)

June 2001 The wise and moral man Shines like a fire on a hilltop Who does  not hurt the flower. Such a man makes his pile As an anthill,  gradually Grown wealthy, he thus And firmly binds his friends To  himself. –Singaalovaada Sutra “Buddhist principles can help cut inventory and reduce supply chain costs.” That […]

The Dharma Scribe (Beliefnet.com)

A former physician and monk from Australia named Nick Ribush could be the reason you’re reading this story. You have probably never heard his name, but if you’ve ever picked up a book  about Buddhism, Nick Ribush has had an impact on your life. These days, chains like Barnes & Noble have entire aisles devoted […]

Tibet’s Suffering: Visiting lama survived 20 years in Chinese jail

Worcester Magazine (Jan. 2000) The flight into exile of one of Tibet’s most revered religious leaders this month once more highlights the continuing suffering of the Tibetan people under China’s 50-year occupation. The Karmapa, head of one of the main branches of Tibetan Buddhism, arrived in India on Jan. 5, after a seven-day trek across […]

Mind at Peace, Body in Balance (Shambhala Sun)

Sept. 1999 A look at healing meditations developed by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of The Healing Power of Mind. The simplicity of the mindfulness meditations taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn makes them readily accessible to non-Buddhists. But healing practices are also at the heart of the more esoteric teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, and Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, […]