There is so much happening in the Buddhist, meditation, and mindfulness communities, and we want to make sure you know about it! Here’s the latest from the online community.
- Is Buddhism a Religion? In this first part of The Guardian’s new series, “How to believe,” Michael McGhee examines why many consider Buddhist practices to be philosophical rather than religious.
- Submission or Surrender? About.com’s Barbara O’Brien explores teacher scandals in the Buddhist community, taking as her starting point a koan from Wisdom author Barry Magid’s new book Nothing is Hidden: The Psychology of Zen Koans.
- Video: Making Friends with Yourself. Susan Piver leads a guided ten-minute meditation, beginning with the invitation to “relax self-judgment, especially when it comes to your meditation practice. Our practice, rather than trying to get meditation ‘right,’ is about relaxing with ourselves just as we are. Instead of critiquing our every move, we extend the hand of friendship. This, it turns out, is the way to find our innate, pre-existing wisdom which is always there.”
- Video: Skateboarding in the shadow of stupas: a new film on Burma. Shambhala SunSpace shares a link to a new short film about “a small, Burmese subculture among urban youth indicative of the vast social changes in that land: skateboarding.”
How do you practice Buddhism—as a religion or a philosophy? What are your own experiences of surrender in your practice? How do you offer yourself the hand of friendship? Please share your thoughts in the comments, and let us know what else you’re reading.