September 28, 2015


During a recent teaching on Impermanence I was asked by one of the attendees what Buddhism had to offer in terms of comfort for those in mourning - especially for the death of a loved one.  He had recently attended a Christian funeral for a friend who had died unexpec...

September 14, 2015


I recently read an article criticizing the view of Buddhism as a religion.  This is an attitude shared by many so called Secular Buddhists, but one that I reject outright even as I call myself a Secular Buddhist.  The reason is all wrapped up in understanding both the...

September 11, 2015


 Why are people in the West not flocking to Western Buddhists sanghas and instead giving more attention to Traditional Buddhism - whether it be Tibetan, Zen or Theravada?  Obviously this is a topic of a lot of interest to those of us in Pragmatic Buddhism and I used t...

September 9, 2015

I recently read an article about a Buddhist ceremony in a cemetery in San Diego for the Feast of the Hungry Ghosts and it got me thinking about the failures and opportunities of Western Buddhism.  For those of you who don’t know, hungry ghosts are one of the six realms...

September 8, 2015

So what are these "Refuges" we take to call ourselves Buddhists? What do they mean?  In Pragmatic Buddhism we phrase the Refuges this way:


I take refuge in the Buddha, the consummating personal element, our inborn contentment.

I take refuge in the Sangha, the consummati...

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