Category Archives: Cultural History

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Close Encounters

Close encounters of the fifth kind (CE-5) is a term for initiating contact with extra-terrestrial civilizations.  Spielberg’s movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind documented something different – a passive witnessing of an ET being. Whether you believe ET is out there or not, efforts…


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New Beginnings

This Buddhist blog has morphed into something else. It is a platform I created originally to address little known and controversial facts about the history of Buddhism. I wanted to let people know that this tradition has an alternative storyline than the one being marketed…


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Western Buddhism

In trying to articulate an authentic western Buddhist experience, we are doing a lot of head scratching these days. We are thinking and thinking – what to adopt, what to discard? It seems we are entering a new era of critical reflection.  Recent books such…


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Temple Building

For many of us western practitioners, a connection to the Buddhist tradition involves a certain longing. The yearning we feel is an emotional urge to deepen our participation.  For me, some part of it is sadness, knowing that I live in a pluralist cultural tradition…


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Burma or Myanmar?

To everyone living here, it has been Myanmar since 1989 when the generals changed it to the pre-colonial name, then spelled Myanma. The British called it Burma after the dominant ethnic group, the Bamar.  You slur the word Myanmar and everybody knows what you’re saying.…


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Mandalay

On the Road to Mandalay – and now I am here at last.  It’s not quite the vision of Rudyard Kipling who waxed poetically about the place, but Burma is romantic enough without Mandalay having to carry the fantasy. The city is humming, full of…


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The Burma Story

How did the Burmese end up so poor, a nation with abundant natural resources and a self-assured historically expansionist nature? It was once considered a mighty country that was ahead of the rest of South East Asia, a land of golden temples, its coffers brimming…


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