Deborah Reed-Danahay: The Vietnamese American Buddhist Youth Association: A Community of Practice for Learning Civic Skills

Credit: GDPT Ngoc Nhien, TX Abstract Ethnoreligious youth groups foster civic engagement for the children of immigrants in the United States. This article adopts the concept of the «community of practice» (Lave & Wenger 1991) to analyze the ways in which a youth association at a Vietnamese Buddhist temple in northcentral Texas teaches civic skills.…

Alfred Bloom | Emeritus Professor, University of Hawaii: A New Buddhist Perspective

Photos by Brianna Santellan and Emily Hopper     In a 2011 op-ed essay, the noted commentator David Brooks, after viewing various forms of evidence, concluded: “In short, there’s abundant evidence to suggest that we have shifted a bit from a culture that emphasized self-effacement to a culture that emphasizes self-expansion.” He questioned whether this…

Ven. Thubten Chodron | Diệu Liên dịch Việt: Teaching Children by Example | Làm Gương Cho Trẻ

Teaching children by example An excerpt from the article “Buddhism in Modern Society” from The Path to Happiness Dharma practice isn’t just coming to the temple; it’s not simply reading a Buddhist scripture or chanting the Buddha’s name. Practice is how we live our lives, how we live with our family, how we work together with…