January 22, 2011

Lady Liberty’s Search For Satori~ January 22nd.

Buddhism in America

Since Buddhisms inception in America we the people have been searching for our own unique expression of Buddhist spirituality. Just like Chinese food, Buddhism has undergone some alterations, as we have wrestled with the process of separating essential Buddhist principles from the Asian culture that incubated this great spiritual discipline for thousands of years.

In the beginning this process relied heavily upon the torch bearers from Asia, like Chogyam Trungpa and D.T. Suzuki. Then along came people such as, Alan Watts and Thomas Merton who contributed a great deal to the bridge building between east and west. Finally, we saw a crop of American born Buddhist teachers like Pema Chodron, Joseph Goldstein, and Sharon Salzberg.

One of the American born teachers that I have a great deal of respect for is Reginald Ray. He maintains the dignity of lineage, while seeking to express the living quality of that lineage in a western context. I have embedded an interview with Reginald Ray conducted by the founder of Elephant Journal and “Mindful Media” pioneer Waylon Lewis. In the interview they discuss the concept of American Buddhism. The video is both entertaining and informative. It is light-hearted, but intelligent. Enjoy!

Click here to learn more about Elephant Journal’s upcoming free online Buddhism in America and meditation workshop/ discussion group.

Or… If you haven’t read Buddhism vs. Speed by Reggie Ray on Elephant, you should! Click here to do just that…

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char Jan 22, 2011 2:29pm

is there a way to watch the entire interview online? I'm a member of ej…

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Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.