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Chöd: exorcism? House blessing?

I performed the chöd “concise feast” in the dark, lower levels of a newly-bought house in Pontremoli, dating back a large but unknown number of centuries. Not known to be haunted, but the new owners do seem to like that the practice was done there! The practice of chöd is not really an exorcism. Rather …

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Sogyal, abuse, and how it’s going

As far as I know the writers of the now-famous letter are not pushing for charges to be brought against Sogyal Lakar, which is a shame because without a court case it is going to be much easier for the whole thing to be brushed under the carpet within a year or so. Valuable views …

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Online Buddhist Resources List

Having found the work of keeping track of useful and/or interesting links on the web to be far more than I have time for, I gave it up. Years ago. Some people, nevertheless, do have time for it, thank goodness. So if that’s what you’re looking for here is a valuable start: the Oxford Centre …

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Mindful Buddha

Is mindfulness a secular form of Buddhism?

Is the mindfulness meditation that has become popular in recent years a form of Buddhism in disguise? A good question, although some might deny it hotly. Some of these movements claim to be fully secularized, perhaps to have “abandoned the cultural baggage” of Buddhism. All the same, they often still enjoy the cachet of having …

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