Andrew Olendzki | Insight Journal | BCBS: What’s Left of the True Teaching

samaṇassa ahū cintā pupphitamhi mahāvane ekaggassa nisinnassa pavivittassa jhāyino: [Thag 920] This thought occurred to the wanderer Who was seated, single minded, Among the flowers of the forest, Meditating in seclusion: aññathā lokanāthamhi tiṭṭhante purisuttame iriyaṃ āsi bhikkūhnaṃ aññathā dāni dissate. [Thag 921] Compared to when that best of men, The guide of all the…

Stephen Batchelor | Insight Journal | BCBS: After Buddhism | A New Idiom for a Pragmatic, Ethical Culture Based on the Teachings of Gotama

Stephen teaches courses on Buddhism and leads meditation retreats all over the world. He is a guiding teacher at Gaia House and translator and author of various books and articles including the bestselling Buddhism Without Beliefs, Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil, and Confession of a Buddhist Atheist. Stephen’s new book, After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma…

Guo Gu | Insight Journal | BCBS: Silent Illumination

“Silent Illumination,” or mozhao, is often associated with the Caodong (Jp. Soto) School of Chan (Jp. Zen), and specifically with master Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091-1157). Never before had anyone articulated this teaching so clearly. Hongzhi was prompted to write about Silent Illumination because it was so misunderstood and unfairly criticized. He wished to show that Silent Illumination…

Christopher Willard | Interview | Insight Journal | BCBS: Teaching Mindfulness to Children

Photo: Internet   Christopher Willard, PsyD. taught “Child’s Mind: Professional Training for Mindfulness With Young People” at BCBS April 20-22, 2012. He is a psychologist and learning specialist at Tufts University and in private practice in the Boston area. He is the author of Child’s Mind, Mindfulness Practices to Help Our Children Be More Focused, Calm and…

Duncan Ryūken Williams | Interview | BCBS: Wings of Wisdom and Compassion: Lessons of Freedom from Japanese American Internment in WWII

Duncan Ryuken Williams is Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages & Cultures at the University of Southern California and Director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. | Photo: APALA  BCBS graduate intern, Sarah Fleming, sat down with Duncan to discuss what the stories of Japanese American Buddhists who lived through…