Seems like the quiet, gentle, eminently reasonable teachings of the Buddha, dating back to 500 BC, are, like leaven, now bringing new life into our culture. Thank God. or Thank Buddha.
Of course, as might be expected, we have people saying “This,” is the real Buddhism and “That” is not, just as people do in every other tradition. (Our experience of new Truth, Joy, Prosperity always seems very personal, and thus divisive, at least in the beginning.)
In the beginning, my own introduction, a hundred years ago, was via reading D. T. Suzuki, Alan Watts, Lin Yutang and, then, face to face, with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, four teachers as widely different as mist, rain, snow and ice. (Chogyam was the hard ass’d m.f.)
And then, of course, there’s the Dali Lama. Here’s a good piece about him, entitled http://www.businessinsider.com/i-took-the-dalai-lama-to-a-ski-resort-and-he-told-me-the-meaning-of-life-2014-11.
We’ll talk more of these things. I do see the New Methodist Church and Art Studio not only as a new Christian community but also as a Buddhist sangha. So sue me!

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