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Coming Out as a Buddhist

I remember being in a bar one night and a newer meditator asked me about coming out to their parents as a Buddhist. “You make it sound like you’re telling them you’re gay,” I said. “Well, I think they would be more OK with that,” he replied, “Being gay they understand. Buddhism, that’s really weird … Continue 

A Jewish Buddhist Refuge Vow

I’ve been practicing meditation since 2004. I’m aware of the major benefits that my practice and study have had on my life, and I feel good about taking refuge in the Three Jewels — the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. For the past few months, I’ve been planning on taking my Buddhist refuge vow this … Continue