I’ve recently come to identify an area of experience which I am here naming “interreligious angst.” It first came up last year, when I had my first experience of it, and since has recurred with increasing frequency, such that I am now able to observe a pattern of certain elements involved. What happens is that, [...]
I’ve been rejoicing to witness our US presidential election campaign narrative turning to economics, thanks to a contender with a background in the private equity business (or, vulture capitalism, as it is known to some). At the same time, I continue to feel great anguish that poverty and our nation’s and earth’s most impoverished have [...]
For Buddhist Americans, the spectacle of public outcry and legislation prescribing particular genders to secular, state-ratified marriage on the basis of religion must surely be received as completely incongruous with Buddhist religious practice. At the same time, perhaps it may inspire some American Buddhists to come out of the shadows of secular culture, to speak out in favor of civil rights, provided all human sexuality can be actualized (or ideally transcended, as the case may be) in a manner which is non-violent, respectful of human dignity, and not harmful to others.
Our Father, who does not exist from Your Own Side, but who is merely imputed on the thought, “God the Father,” and therefore only exists dependently on causes and conditions, and who (is very mystical) art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name! Just sit for a moment, with the feeling of reading such an odd [...]
Bhikshuni Lozang Trinlae, B.Sc., Ed.M., (भिक्षुणी लोजाङ् त्रिन्ले) is presently a doctoral student in practical theology at Claremont Lincoln University, where she is conducting research in formal vajrayana meditation practice. She was ordained a novice Buddhist nun in Mysore in 1991; took full-ordination Bhikshuni precepts in 1998 in Bodhgaya, India; and is also a priest in the Buddhist vajrayana tradition (Drukpa Kagyu and Gelug lineages primarily). A summa-cum-laude graduate in physics, she earned her master's degree in education from Harvard University, where she also studied Tibetan language in the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies. She taught science and English in India and in Tibet while undertaking contemplative training in vajrayana Buddhism. After teaching Buddhism in Taiwan in the mid-1990's, she founded Mahaprajapati Hermitage in Sagarmartha Mt. Everest National Park in Nepal, where she completed ten years of cloistered, intensive, vajrayana retreat, including two great approaching retreats (शतलक्ष मन्त्र इष्टदेव पुरश्चरण/བསྙེན་ཆེན།). Bhikshuni Lozang is also a trained chaplain and certified instructor in relationship education. More details of her present research, and hermitage, including texts and photo album, can be found at bhikshuni.insightdeliverysystems.com, research.insightdeliverysystems.com, and mahaprajapativihar.insightdeliverysystems.com.