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Western Buddhism

Learning Buddhism In The West, The Questions Of Women And Conflict

Lewis Richmond | Posted 03.28.2012 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

One meme that mainstream society has absorbed about Buddhism is that it is all about peacefulness and calm. That is not untrue, but it is not the whole story.

The Amazing Tibetan Adventures Of Alexandra David-Neel

Barbara Foster | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Barbara Foster

The first European woman to reach Tibet's forbidden capital and the most extensive source on the arcane Buddhist practices of a nearly vanished world, David-Neel might be "the most astonishing woman of our time."

Western Buddhism: The 50 Year Lessons

Lewis Richmond | Posted 01.04.2012 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

It's been about 50 years since the bulk of the Asian meditation masters arrived here. Many of us have spent our whole adult lives trying to practice and absorb what they taught us. S

The Worst Of Both Worlds: How The 'Shimano Problem' Underscores The Clash Of Cultures Within Western Buddhism

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Russ Wellen

The "Shimano Problem" and its recent resolution make this an opportune time to briefly explore the subject of Buddhism's integration into the West.

Radical Buddhism And The Paradox Of Acceptance

Ethan Nichtern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ethan Nichtern

Practical transformation is what Buddhist practice is all about. To practice meditation consistently is to push back hard against the tidal wave of materialism that is quite literally killing the planet.

The Future of Buddhism in the West

David Nichtern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Nichtern

Either the time has not yet come for Western Buddhist gurus to manifest fully, or we have a major culture clash on our hands here.