Bringing the Dharma to Bear on Life: Buddhism and Social Activism

This month at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, we wish to celebrate gay pride by highlighting the scholarship of our LGBTQ+ students and faculty, as well as queer theory and queer theology in the wider Buddhist world. We are celebrating both “queerness” in its most basic definition, that is, as a descriptor of people whose sexual … Continue reading Bringing the Dharma to Bear on Life: Buddhism and Social Activism

The “Body” is Not the Enemy of Some Supposedly Separate Mind: Daijaku Kinst on Gay Pride and Buddhism

This month at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, we wish to celebrate gay pride by highlighting the scholarship of our LGBTQ+ students and faculty, as well as queer theory and queer theology in the wider Buddhist world. We are celebrating both “queerness” in its most basic definition, that is, as a descriptor of people whose sexual … Continue reading The “Body” is Not the Enemy of Some Supposedly Separate Mind: Daijaku Kinst on Gay Pride and Buddhism

Teaching Ourselves that Clouds are Safe: Trauma-Informed Practice for a Post-Vaccine World

A few weeks ago, my mother, who had just received her second COVID vaccination, came over the pick up my dogs for the weekend. As mental health worker, I’d also been recently vaccinated, although my life hasn’t changed much since then; I still rarely leave my house except to go grocery shopping. Before she arrived, … Continue reading Teaching Ourselves that Clouds are Safe: Trauma-Informed Practice for a Post-Vaccine World

“There is No Exit From Values”: Ira Helderman on the Ethics of Mindfulness

Dr. Ira Helderman is a licensed psychotherapist in addition to being a professor of religious studies. His book, Prescribing the Dharma: Psychotherapists, Buddhist Traditions, and Defining Religion, examines the diverse ways therapists incorporate, obscure, or transform Buddhist practices in therapy. In this interview, Dr. Helderman shares his nuanced views on religion and psychotherapy, self-disclosure, ethics, … Continue reading “There is No Exit From Values”: Ira Helderman on the Ethics of Mindfulness

Three Zen Priests on the Precious Mirror Samadhi

Below, three Zen priests and teachers, Taigen Daniel Leighton, James Ishmael Ford, and Gesshin Greenwood give their individual interpretation of the line “Turning away and touching are both wrong, for it is like a massive fire.” These words are from Hokyo Zanmai (Precious Mirror Samadhi), a sutra chanted every other day in Zen monasteries throughout … Continue reading Three Zen Priests on the Precious Mirror Samadhi