In the last few decades there has been an explosion of interest in the topic of mindfulness. Many organizations and systems of training, such as Mindfulness Based Stress Relief, have sprung up promoting its benefits and there are many thousands of mindfulness instructors. Yet … many involved are more or less ignorant of any connection between Buddhism and mindfulness.
In the last five decades all the major Asian traditions of Buddhism have been growing steadily in the West. Thus, for instance, although the dharma’s presence in Western Europe and North America actually dates back to the nineteenth century, it was the beginning of the 1970’s that saw the first opening of centres dedicated to the four major Tibetan traditions.
We might well ask what is the benefit of receiving advanced teachings that describe in a very detailed way how the Vajrayana works.
Buddhism reduced to just meditation is a spiritual dead end.
The dharma is nothing if not counterintuitive.
Can we love our families fully while upholding the Buddha’s teaching on non-attachment?
As 4th-century Indian master Vasubandhu counselled, “practice hearing, reflecting, and meditating”
Will Western adaption of the dharma challenge contemporary culture or accommodate it?
A radical rejection of scientific Buddhism.
And there may be no 'progress' in religion, in practice, or in the dharma, either. - Gary Snyder
The Bodhisattva vow, the most powerful expression of compassion.
From London to Los Angeles it seems like it’s the age of compassion.....