Duncan Ryuken Williams is a professor Buddhist Studies and the Director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. He is also the author of American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War, an ordained Soto Zen priest, and a co-chair of Tsuru for Solidarity, an activist … Continue reading Duncan Williams on the Pendulum of American History
Dr. Stephanie Balkwill is a professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Her scholarship focuses on the social, literary, and political lives of Buddhist women. She is currently co-authoring a book entitled Buddhism and Statecraft in East Asia. Question: Many people argue that Buddhists should not engage in politics. Is Buddhism apolitical? Answer: … Continue reading Is Buddhism Apolitical?
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
Buddhism considers anger to be one of the “three poisons” that keep us trapped in an endless cycle of samsara. But anger also serves an evolutionary function, and working with anger skillfully (without denying our humanity and woundedness) is incredibly challenging. In the past few weeks, after the murder of George Floyd, our country has … Continue reading Lama Rod on “Love and Rage”
By Chenxing Han When my husband and I left Bangkok on March 5, we didn’t expect our short trip back to the Bay Area to become an indefinite stay, courtesy of covid-19. Fortunately—with the help of an international moving company and a Bangkok-based friend who had warned us to stay safe from the coronavirus and … Continue reading Recollecting Pratyekabuddhas: Reflections on Buddhism, Art, and Place
Akiko Rogers is student at the Institute of Buddhist Studies and an ordained Jodo Shin minister. Gesshin Greenwood is an ordained Zen priest and the chaplaincy program coordinator at IBS. They sat down together to discuss “other power,” American culture, and similarities and differences between Jodo Shinshu and Soto Zen. Gesshin: I wanted to do … Continue reading What is “Other Power?”
Amy Paris Langenberg is a specialist in South Asian Buddhism and her work focuses on gender, power, and the body. She is the author of Birth in Buddhism: The Suffering Fetus and Female Freedom and teaches at Eckard College. We are pleased to have her contribution to the Ten Thousand Thing’s “Ask a Scholar” feature. Q: … Continue reading What Does Buddhism Say About Abortion?
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