I was born male, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m actually a transgender woman. As a Buddhist, I feel conflicted by the teachings on no-self.
Longtime practitioner and psychotherapist Rob Preece says even though as students we may be devoted to our teachers, we can’t afford to idealize them anymore.
An Olive Branch presents an action plan for putting the necessary supports in place to protect sangha members from abuse
Alexander Technique was developed in the 1800s to help actors improve their posture and coordination. Now it’s gaining popularity among meditators.
Norman Fischer tells the story of how Mitsu Suzki, a Japanese schoolteacher born in 1914, made a home for herself in American Zen.
Pam Rubin, a women’s trauma counsellor and lawyer, explains why we need to start confronting abuse by believing victims.
Lama Rod Owens and angel Kyodo williams discuss the challenges of being teachers of color in predominantly white communities.
Recent headlines have revealed that spiritual communities, including Buddhist ones, are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse by male authority figures.
We took our time getting to the issue of abuse in Buddhist sanghas—perhaps too long. In hindsight, I wish we had talked sooner.
A forum on what it means to have a teacher today, how you can make the most of the relationship, and what you can do when it’s not working.