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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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The Swerve

This post, based on a review of the book, The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt, carries forward a similar theme as the last post: Madness at the Gates of the City.  It is again not a book about Buddhism, but for me addresses some important issues for…


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Madness at the Gates of the City

This post is inspired by a book entitled, Madness at the Gates of the City, the Myth of American Innocence, by Barry Spector, published in 2010.  It is not a book about Buddhism, but the author does point to the religion as a helpful social…


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Keeping the Emotional Connection

This article is closely linked with the last post, The End of Metaphysics, which addressed the traditional Buddhist belief system based on the doctrine of reincarnation – that karma perpetuates the round of samsara across lifetimes, and that the alternate existence of nirvana is the…


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The End of Metaphysics

There is a wide-ranging discussion on the web and elsewhere these days, regarding the traditional metaphysical views of karma, rebirth, and nirvana. These views are being called into question by numerous western Buddhist scholars and practitioners.  A “non-traditional” view is arising, sometimes under the banner…


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Tulku

Taking cues from the last post on young Kalu Rinpoche and reflecting on the changes he is asking for within his tradition, this post explores the tulku system, of which he is a prime beneficiary. This system unique to Tibetan Buddhsim, provides for the continuity…


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Young Rebel

I just completed a weekend program led by the 20 year old Kalu Rinpoche, held at Kagyu Thegchen Ling, the 35 year old Honolulu Shangpa Kagyu Dharma center. Rinpoche has been on a world tour these past two years, and is clearly causing a stir…


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Cutting Through the Underbrush

While preparing a new article to organically follow my last post on the Four Noble Truths, I decided to step back and reflect on what I was experiencing.  I am digging deeper into the current discourse of how Buddhism is intersecting with our modern world.…


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The Four Noble Truths – New Insights

Of all the Buddha’s teachings, the four noble truths are perhaps the best known. They were the Buddha’s first utterance after his enlightenment and spoken to his original five disciples. They are thus at the core of his message that shook the world. The understanding…


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