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 […]