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I Have Always Been Attracted To A Reclusive Life—Simon MA'21

Oct 7, 2020

I have always been attracted to a reclusive life. In the Buddhist tradition, that is usually how one can get enlightened, through solitude. Shelter-in-place gives me an opportunity to practice that...

It Feels Ominous Seeing The Smoke—Abigail MA'22

Oct 7, 2020

          Watching the sky change reminds me of an analogy in the Platform Sutra. Master Huineng likened the sky to our essential nature and the...

I Encountered Parts Of Myself That I Had Forgotten—Nahelia MA'21

Oct 6, 2020

I´ve been thinking about how to express my feelings and just recently I found an interview with the tibetan nun, Tenzin Palmo. This was was her reply when the topic of her eight-month isolation in...

Where Do I Go From Here?— Xuan TC'21

Oct 6, 2020

I’ve been home in South Florida ever since DRBU made it mandatory for all students to shelter-in-place elsewhere. While this occurred six months ago, I still remember splaying out on the bed in my...

I Was Raised On Fiction—Phoenix BA'23

Oct 5, 2020

I was raised on fiction.I remember as a small child listening with wide eyes and an excited heart as my parents read thick books to me (Just one more chapter, please!) enthralled by the adventures of...

Apathy In Quarantine—Warren BA'22

Oct 3, 2020

I’m huddled in the corner of my bed and wrapped up in blankets, scrolling through the news on my phone—America is rapidly deteriorating in all areas of society, and chaos is the new norm—or at least...

Chan Master Qiyuan and Her Poems

Aug 30, 2020

Xiaojuan ShuIn this paper, Xiaojuan Shu (MA 2020, TC 2021) uses the process of translation as a hermeneutic tool to catch a glimpse of the inner landscape of Poet and Chan Master Qiyuan Xinggang...

Class of 2020 Shares Gratitude and Their Hopes

Jul 5, 2020

On June 6, 2020, a special celebration for the class of 2020 was held via video conferencing. The event committee brought everyone together with a thoughtful, creative and heartfelt online...

8 Ways to Stay Grounded in Uncertain Times

Apr 5, 2020

The Christian contemplative Thomas Merton says the secret to getting through difficult and desperate moments is humility–A [person] who is truly humble cannot despair, because in the humble person...

3 Unexpected Things to Replace Your Morning Coffee With

Mar 2, 2020

Waking up is hard!Some of us dive into a cup of coffee first thing in the morning; others prefer a nice cup of tea.Our DRBU students, however, may surprise you with these three effective ways to...