Reflection on Election, with Compassion

But most of all the election result has called into question my own eyes of compassion and commitment to the inherent worth and dignity of every person. I failed to see how fearful and angry were so many of my fellow Americans.

Re-Blog: Profile of a Trump Supporter

Blogging has brought me many friends, some from different cultures, and some with different belief systems. We share our deeply held convictions via a mutual respect that grows out of our sincerity. I share this column today by one of those dear friends whom I value for her honesty. I ask you to read it with respect and a desire to understand.

‘It’s the Tribe, Stupid!’

What’s missing is the tribe. What’s missing is close relationships with…adults who can help children handle the transition to adulthood.

The Buddha Was Engaged with the World

Originally posted on Peace Paul's Blog:
Recently I read “In Search of Buddha’s Daughters” by Christine Toomey. It is a collection of interviews with, and accounts of, Buddhist nuns – many of them on the leading edge of reform. These are stories of strong women taking courageous stands against oppressive, often abusive, patriarchal institutions.…

Loving The World We Touch

Originally posted on Peace Paul's Blog:
In today’s media-saturated world, it can feel like we are in perpetual crisis. A full panoply of suffering assaults us on every side – news of murders, wars, disease, famine, environmental destruction, social injustices, etc. Every issue is important and horrifying and overwhelming. Unfortunately, there is little we…

Adam, Eve, and Mara

I’ll attempt a Buddhist approach to the biblical story. Let’s call it the Parable of Adam, Eve, and Mara.

No Ordinary Sermon

Originally posted on SONYA KASSAM:
It was no ordinary sermon… Once his words were heard whose heart would fail to soften which life remains untouched? He advised that words until uttered they remain in your control. and surely silence can be the most eloquent of replies. look at what is being said rather than who…

Saved by the Spirit

By some ironic linguistic mutation, we call “progressives” those who want to return to the spirit of the great teachers and “fundamentalists” those who have forgotten what religion means.

ReligUUsity — Sermon March 6, 2016

We don’t need to shave our heads, sit in the half-lotus position and wear robes to be appealing to more folks, but we do need to open up about our belief systems – the being as well as the doing – and we need to be more genuinely inclusive.


…the devas and devis in the Buddha’s culture were beings invisible to humans with finite lifespans, limited powers, and subject to successes and failures. Sometimes I think a better translation would be “superheroes.”

Inside and Outside

Some think it’s egotistical to believe that God is within us, but I’d say the opposite.