Phillip Moffitt/Tricycle: The Mindfulness of the Buddha


As secular mindfulness continues to expand into many layers of our society, from psychotherapy offices and schools to corporations and the military, I welcome its spread. Regardless of the context in which it is learned, mindfulness reduces suffering when practiced diligently and ethically. Moreover, applying mindfulness to daily life situations is a fundamental dharma teaching.…

RAMONA GIWARGIS: San Jose flood: Vietnamese billionaire will donate $5 million to help victims


SAN JOSE — A Vietnamese billionaire Wednesday pledged to donate $5 million to San Jose flood victims — the biggest gift since the disastrous flood engulfed three neighborhoods last week. Kieu Hoang, a Los Angeles County businessman who owns Shanghai RAAS Blood Products, handed Mayor Sam Liccardo a $5 million ceremonial check at an announcement with…

Jonathan DeHart: Buddhism Today, East and West


Last Friday, millions of Buddhists across Asia gathered to celebrate a rather hazy date, but one with deep cultural import nonetheless: the so-called birthday of Siddhartha Gautama (better known as the Buddha). Depending on the country, the day is recognized as any time from the first full moon in May to April 8, the latter…

A true friend…


A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities. – William Arthur Ward. This is so beatiful!

Claire Smith, Gary Jackson and Koji Mizoguchi for the Conversation: How Japan weaves caring and sharing into all layers of society


The Japanese believe politeness engenders order, safety and cleanliness – core values to live by The Japanese believe a polite society is one in which respect and consideration is shown to others. Photograph: Sankei via Getty Images   Although they are ubiquitous, Japanese people rarely notice the grooved lines on their pavements. Every footpath that…