Category: Buddhism

The Man in the Tree

A psychiatric chaplain dwells in the silences that follow difficult questions, responding to Chris Berlin’s “A Jewel in the Lotus.” By Duncan Gasson-Gardner

Doing by Not-Knowing

A hospital chaplain reflects on the wonder and intimacy of not-knowing, responding to Chris Berlin’s “A Jewel in the Lotus.” By Jill R. Gaulding

Can a Buddhist Monk Become a Chaplain?

A Buddhist monastic reflects on his chaplaincy training through the lens of Theravada Buddhism, responding to Chris Berlin’s “A Jewel in the Lotus.” By Bhante Kusala

A Jewel in the Lotus

The Buddha’s life, teachings, and response to human suffering inform practices of spiritual care in the hospital, and also in the classroom. By Chris Berlin

Buddhist Ethics

A selected reading list from Charles Hallisey’s course on Buddhist Ethics.

No Rescue

A crash that causes the death of a bicyclist haunts the driver for years and leads her to study Buddhism. By Shane Snowdon

The Many Lives of Insight

Tracing the spread of insight meditation from Burma to the United States reveals how relationships between the secular and spiritual are reconfigured. By Erik Braun

The Death of The Buddha’s Mother

The lore around Maya, who died soon after giving birth to the Buddha, illuminates the untold, uncounted stories of women who die in childbirth today. By Kim Gutschow

Giving the Ghost a Voice

Buddhist practice has enabled this Filipino/Asian American to grapple with painful experiences around race that include feeling unseen and silenced. By Bryan Mendiola

Mistaking a Stick for a Snake

The Buddha’s teachings about distortions of perception anticipated current research on “inherent bias.” By Bonnie Duran

‘Woman Hold My Hand’

Tara (the female Buddha), Sweet Honey and the Rock, and womanist theologians offer fiercely loving examples of what it means to be free and to free others. By Rod Owens

Chaplaincy on the Bodhisattva Path

Chaplaincy based on the Bodhisattva vow stresses the kind of wisdom that can only be gained through the bodily practice of precepts and the correct understanding of Buddhist scriptures. By Ven. Myeongbeop Sunim

Mantra Chanting Heals and Connects

The many benefits of chanting mantras include healing the body, protecting the mind, and connecting the chanter with the divine. By Annemarie Mal