“The path is easy”, it is said of Shin Buddhism, “but few are those who take it.” The late Taitetsu Unno explores the history of Jodo Shinshu and its core practice of calling the Name of Amida Buddha.
Richard Payne takes a serious look at the role of ritual in Buddhist practice and the reasons why Westerners might feel resistant to it.
Zen teacher Anthony Stultz shares a personal answer to a frequently asked question.
It’s your special day. Why not bring dharma to the proceedings? James Ishmael Ford shares tips on how to do it — without weirding anyone out.
Embrace the ritual forms of Buddhist practice, says Buddhadharma deputy editor Koun Franz — you can’t escape them anyway.
Bhikshuni Thubten Chonyi reports on the first traditional monastic retreat ritual in the Tibetan tradition in North America.
“When you spend a week immersing yourself in lineage,” says Lewis Richmond, “It becomes deeper than an idea.”
Would you spend your entire life savings on a Buddhist ceremony? One woman, Dayangji Sherpa, did just that.
Her Holiness Shinso Ito, Head Priest of Shinnyo-en, performed a religious Fire and Water ceremony at the Gallmann Africa Conservancy, Kenya.
Barry Magid grapples with the difficulty of dharma taking root in America as it adopts different cultural rituals.