Here at The Ten Thousand Things, we’re interested in the intersection of Buddhist scholarship and practice. “Ask a Scholar” is a new section of this blog in which we encourage readers to send us their questions about Buddhist history, philosophy, ethics, and more. Then we invite a qualified scholar to respond. Think of it as … Continue reading Is Buddhism in the West Cultural Appropriation?
By Rev. Blayne Higa I’m not ok. I’m not ok I had to close the doors of the temple to protect my Sangha. I’m not ok I can’t give a hug to someone grieving the loss of their loved one. I’m not ok because I feel like I’m not doing enough. I’m not ok the … Continue reading “I’m Not Ok and That’s Ok”: A Shin Buddhist Minister Reflects on Covid-19
by Ann Gleig In March 2018, “Buddhist Project Sunshine,” an innocuously titled GoFundMe page, illustrated with a bright orange sunshine over a green fertile valley began circulating on the Internet. The accompanying description of the project, however, was far from innocent. It declared that Buddhist Project Sunshine (BPS) had been launched to bring light and … Continue reading Sexual Violations in American Buddhism: Interpretive Frameworks and Generative Responses
By Ray Buckner It’s an odd experience to find peace and belonging at an academic conference, but that was my experience at this year’s Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego, CA. Taking up questions of power, disability, transness, and race in American Buddhism, the AAR Annual Meeting existed as a … Continue reading Whose Gender Belongs in Buddhism?
During my first semester in community college, someone gave me the good advice that I should buy a dictionary. I was going to be doing a lot of reading, and it was good practice to write down words you didn’t understand and just look them up in the dictionary. Several decades later, an academic colleague … Continue reading On Buddhist Praxis
At first glance, the link between Buddhist practice and the academic study of Buddhism is a tenuous one. Sometimes I see them as estranged cousins—clearly in the same family, but not acknowledging each other at reunions. When they do gather in the same room, Buddhist practice is usually huddled at its own table, picking at … Continue reading Welcome to The Ten Thousand Things