A Soundtrack for Your Inner Dude

(RNS) In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, “Lojong” is the practice of training one’s mind to be clearer and more compassionate by studying and meditating on 59 short aphorisms from the Buddha’s teachings. No. 21 on the Lojong list: “Approach every situation with a...

Why The Dalai Lama’s Message of Peace Resonates

Tenzin Gyatso is known around the world as the Dalai Lama. He was in Washington, D.C., recently, and I could have gone to hear him speak. One day I even had a free ticket in my hand, but I gave it back as I had already decided not to go. I probably would have gone if...

American Buddhist Godfather Robert Aitken Dies at 93

(RNS) Robert Aitken Roshi, a prolific author, social justice activist and pioneer in bringing Zen Buddhism to the West, died last Thursday (Aug. 5) at age 93. Born in Philadelphia, Aitken was introduced to Buddhism while imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp during...

Welcome Home, Jane

Though she respects it, she says she was not attracted to Buddhism. Same for Islam and Judaism. “I’m attracted to Jesus,” she says. She’d never before lived in an environment where people attended church or “had a living faith.”...