Review: Ann Gleig’s comprehensive report on the state of Buddhism in today’s United States, “American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity”

An important account of how modernist and post-modernist trends in contemporary culture are transforming the way Western Buddhism is being practiced in America, this book is invaluable reading for anyone concerned with the future of Buddhism, and especially with the future prospects for a socially engaged Buddhism, in this country. Here’s the review I recently … Continue reading Review: Ann Gleig’s comprehensive report on the state of Buddhism in today’s United States, “American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity”

Skillful Speech and Skillful Action in Uncivil Times

"When they go low, we go high."  - Michelle Obama, former First Lady, 2016 "When they go low, we kick them."  -  Eric Holder, former Attorney General, 2018 During the raucous months leading up to Election Day in 2016, Democrats across the country - establishment and progressives alike - were inspired by Michelle Obama's iconic … Continue reading Skillful Speech and Skillful Action in Uncivil Times

Review: Joseph Goldstein’s most recent book, “Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening”

  There's not a single reference to politics - liberal or otherwise - in this scholarly book by the renowned co-founder of Insight Meditation Society, Joseph Goldstein.  Nonetheless, this comprehensive treatise on mindfulness, written by such a gifted teacher of meditation and Buddhism, is essential reading for every practitioner, regardless of one's level of political or social engagement. Here's … Continue reading Review: Joseph Goldstein’s most recent book, “Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening”