I SPENT THE YEAR AFTER COLLEGE in an AmeriCorps program that placed me in the Task Force for the Homeless in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. During my time there I served at several different transitional homes, emergency shelters, and soup kitchens. It was the end of a string of social-service work for me, which started several [...]
AS I have written about here before, Dana Wiki is a website that I started in 2008 to help Buddhist organizations get involved in social service. Toward the end of last year Dana Wiki’s DNS registration expired and I did a small WePay fundraiser to re-register its domain name.
I’m happy [...]
ON 18 July 2011, Sam Mowe wrote about diversity within American Buddhism for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review‘s blog in an article titled “Tell Us Your Story.” One of the comments to that post led to another post on Tricycle‘s blog by Monty McKeever, “Why Is Buddhism So Damned Expensive?” That comment read, [...]
THE question of Buddhist ministry has been on my mind almost constantly since attending a friend’s ordination to the Unitarian-Universalist ministry earlier this month. Traditional Buddhist societies had monastics and teachers—with the exception of Japan and Tibet, which also had non-celibate ordination lineages. Now five schools in the United States are offering graduate-level programs for [...]
LEWIS RICHMOND has been kind enough to cite me in his most recent article for the Huffington Post, “An Ancient Buddhist Model For Today’s World,” which I helped him research. In it, he discusses Vimalakirti as a model for practicing Buddhism in everyday life.
MY LATEST article has just been posted at State of Formation: “American Buddhists and Community Service.” It’s a brief look at Dana Wiki, a website that I founded in 2008 to help American Buddhist congregations get more involved in social service. Dana Wiki now has a brand new domain name, new [...]
MY LATEST article has just been posted at State of Formation: “Discipline and Punish: the Buddha on the Dangers of Divinity School.” It’s largely based on the sermon on the Kalama sutta that I gave in the 2009 Billing Preaching Prize competition, which is also posted here; you can view [...]
Two years ago, I started Dana Wiki, an online, collaborative handbook to help Buddhist congregations get more involved in community service. This past week, I re-launched the site with new hosting, an improved design, and a shiny new URL—www.danawiki.org. What’s more, I recently did an interview with Rev. Danny Fisherfor Shambhala SunSpace, “Dana Wiki and the Future of American Buddhism: Danny Fisher interviews Joshua Eaton.” Please check it out!
I JUST posted my first article for the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue’s new State of Formation blog, “(In)Formation: Putting Flesh on the Bones of Public Conversations About Religion.” Please check it out, along with the many other wonderful articles by my fellow contributing scholars!
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In the Suratapariprccha sutra, the bodhisattva Surata discovers a gold bell made at the beginning of the æon, a bell worth more than all the world. Being a bodhisattva, he decides to give it to the poorest person in the city. The plot twist comes when he chooses not the city’s impoverished elder, but the fabulously wealthy King Prasenajit! Everyone is, of course, baffled, not least of all because Surata approaches the king while he and his retinue are counting the royal treasury.