Sticking to One Boat & Not Being a Spiritual Shopper

This article originally appeared on elephant journal here. Some people, even those who appreciate Buddhist teachings somewhat, and who aren’t particularly religious, ask me why it’s necessary to adopt the label of Buddhist. Why do I have to join the club and wear the hat, so to speak. Lately, I’ve been thinking that becoming a…

Bernie Sanders is My Hero.

Bernie Sanders is my hero because he is doing what I wish I was doing. I have always looked up to, and admired most, people like Amy Goodman, Howard Zinn, Arundhati Roy, Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Chris Hedges, and so on (and still very much do) because of their willingness to speak truth to power,…

I’m Not the Man they Think I am at Home.

Note: This article first appeared on elephant journal here. There is a phenomenon I would like to explore that involves a person beginning and traveling a meditative or yogic path that is in complete contradistinction from the spiritual or religious position of their family and upbringing. Maybe Westerners who have become Buddhists or serious yoga…