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My Time Ends with Buddhism

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Another month, another religion, another goodbye. Buddhism, you and I…it’s been real, pal. That’s the overall lesson of Buddhism, isn’t it? Learning to open ourselves up to reality free of our input and biases. Indeed, it’s hard to wash a […]

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End of Month Video: Buddhism

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Here is the end-of-the-month video for my month with Buddhism. Hope you enjoy. I sure as Zen did… httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfi2sJwOvik

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A Buddhist Walks into a Christian Homeschool Convention…

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…And he is asked to leave. Just kidding! Lighten up people, it’s Friday. As many of you know, we are a homeschooling family. One of the coolest things about homeschooling is that everything becomes a lesson. If we go to a […]

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A House Divided…

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In my community, like much of the South, one’s allegiance is judged based on two categories: where you go to church, and which sports team you support. Given my “promiscuity” with Project Conversion and the fact that I’m not a […]

Interview with Buddhist Author, Sumi Loundon Kim

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One of my favorite aspects of Project Conversion is all the incredible people I meet during each month. Each person has a unique view or form of expression toward his or her faith, from music to art and philosophy, all of which […]

Buddha by the River

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This is a special week for Project Conversion. Not only is this the last week for Buddhism, but also for the first half of the year. I will spend this week reflecting on both Buddhism and my experience with the […]

Rapture. Epic Fail or Conspiracy of Compassion?

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According to Christian talk radio host Harold Camping, the so-called “Rapture” is supposed to take place today at 6 P.M. within one’s own time zone. New Zealand just called. No Christians were sucked out of their cars, homes, etc. and […]

Meat. On the Buddha’s Menu?

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On January 1st of this year, I became a vegetarian. I didn’t want to abstain from meat (roasted chicken and New York Strip were my favorite), but Project Conversion began with Hinduism and therefore I had to surrender my desire […]

He Wants Meditation, She Wants Sex

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Sounds like a title from the “Self Help” section, doesn’t it? Hmm, maybe it should be… Many times here on Project Conversion, the social issues that affect the faith hit close to home. Remember when I did this: I decided […]

Buddhism: The Day Humanity Went Solo

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Stephen Hawking, one of the most influential scientists of all time, recently had this to say about heaven. I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for […]

Dharma Music with Ravenna Michalsen

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I know, I know, “Culture and Arts Week” was last week, but this is Buddhism and we don’t get attached to forms and rituals nowadays, do we? Dharma-skippy we don’t. And, once you meet today’s artist, you’ll be glad we […]

Every Buddha Has His Day

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Happy Vesak (Buddha Day), the day Buddhists around the world celebrate the birth, Enlightenment, and worldly departure of the Buddha. Vesak is held on the 17th day of May for the Gregorian calendar for 2011, and various days within other lunar calendars (yeah, […]

Buddhist Art: The First Date

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I decided to do things a little differently with today’s post. Because our Facebook Page congregation is so active and involved with Project Conversion, I thought I’d let them choose today’s subject matter. Life is sweet when we have choices, […]

Meditation: The Science of Presence

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Meditation is a tough topic because while I try to practice every day, it is a difficult science. I call meditation a science rather than an art because art is highly subjective. Unlike the faith required by many religions in order to carry out daily […]

Living with the Monks

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My Mentor gave me two instructions before I left to stay with the monks: 1) keep an open mind, and 2) bring back a flower. I’ll get back to you on that second one. So I packed  and left early […]

Mother’s Day

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Every year we set aside one day to honor our mothers. Some get breakfast in bed. We purchase gifts. We take our mothers out to dinner…all to celebrate on one day what our mothers do for our whole lives. Why […]

Off to the Monastery

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How is everyone? Great to hear. Now I know you’re going to be upset; I am leaving for the Wat Carolina Buddhist Monastery in about 20 minutes which means no internet and therefore no highly interesting, enlightening, and charming blog posts […]

The Currency of Kindness

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The package in the mail was unexpected. My life changed once I pulled the contents from the envelope. I grew faint and nearly passed out from shock. This, was a random act of kindness. Brothers, Right Thought (from the Eightfold Path) […]

Andrew Bowen: Monk Edition

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My youngest daughter: “That’s a whole lot of bald, Daddy.” Me: “Well, you could shave your head like me and become a Buddhist nun.” Youngest daughter: “No, because nuns don’t get to say bad words.” My youngest daughter, at five years […]

Karma: The Revolving Door

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I’m hesitant to write this post. Honestly, I don’t think I’m ready. As I sit in front of my tiny wooden statue of the Buddha, flanked by two candles, I cannot help but hear a faint whisper saying… “Time is now.” […]

Buddhism: A New Month Rises

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Good morning, my friends. I have looked forward to this day, for Buddhism is part of the spiritual/philosophical tradition of the Indian subcontinent…a tradition that spoke deeply to me during my time with Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). To define Buddhism as […]

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