Judgement without malice

I recently asked the Abbot of the Blue Lotus Temple if he ever makes judgements on people based on how they look or what they say. He immediately answered “of course!”. He then went on to explain that it is…

What do Buddhists believe

What do Buddhists believe

After over 16 years of practice and considering myself a student of the Buddha, this would seem a rather odd question to pose. But this question of what Buddhist believe, or believe in, has actually been asked of me quite…

Save the stained glass at Blue Lotus

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Help us preserve history; save the stained glass windows at the Blue Lotus Temple Dear Ones, One of my favorite parts of the Blue Lotus Temple has nothing to do with Buddhism.  I am so happy that we inherited tall,…

Joe the Buddha

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After almost five years of being part of the Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple, I can sincerely say that I have made so many special and Noble friends. Each one different and unique, and so many of them being beautiful teachers…

Building bridges

building bridges

My dear Son in law is such a radiant example of someone who builds bridges and tears down walls. A practice which I strive for personally every day. But my Son is far better at this than I am, as…