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What is the Order of Buddhist Contemplative's Tradition?

I had posted these questions on a different topic and thought it might deserve its own thread.  My questions posted before: "What is our Tradition?"  The Order is not Soto Zen and looks very different than SZBA's current practice.  The Order is not

Upcoming Conferences in 2014: Wisdom 2.0 and Buddhist Geeks

Wisdom 2.0 - February 14-16/17, 2014 in San Francisco - http://wisdom2summit.com/ I posted a few articles on Wisdom 2.0.  Good place to see how meditation and Buddhism is adapting to the 21st century in the West.  I attended their small conference in

Update on Basil Singer, formerly of North Cascades Buddhist Priory

This might not be a new development, but it looks like Singer has formed his own centre. It would be interesting to hear why, and to understand the degree of Singer's current connection to Timothy Schomberg's group, or independence from

Saying grace, Buddhist style

My friend Sarah asked me the other day if I have a favourite blessing to say at meal times and I realised I do not. I try to remember gratitude when I eat and I sometimes pause for a moment before digging in, but can't say I always do this. Years ago I

Story about a Tibetan Buddhist deity

I have this Tibetan Buddhist deity practice that I find very helpful to me as he has helped me out through many problems and issues, over and over again, but he is currently being banned by the Dalai Lama and his practitioners are being prosecuted in

Soto Zen and Japanese Buddhist History -- beyond mythology - books of note

VISIONS OF POWER: Imaging Medieval Japanese Buddhism by Bernard Faure – Bernard Faure's previous works are well known as guides to some of the more elusive aspects of the Chinese tradition of Chan Buddhism and its outgrowth, Japanese Zen. Continuing

London Buddhist Society

I thought that it might be useful to create a discussion stream on this board about Kennett's history and relationship to the London Buddhist Society and Christmas Humphreys. Is it that important? Not really. But I feel that this website is a place to

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