Spiritual Life News

The Essentials of Self-Cultivation Haven’t Changed Over Time

May 3, 2020

The following is an excerpt of Professor Martin Verhoeven’s talk as part of the university’s Self-Cultivation Check-in program offered by the Spiritual Life team on April 26. The essentials of...

Is There an Alternative to My Aimless Existence?

May 3, 2020

We asked Professor Doug Powers, "Is there an alternative to my aimless existence?" The following is his response.As long as you think your existence is who you think you are, there isn’t any answer...

Professor Doug Powers: How can I make sense of what’s going on right now?

Apr 6, 2020

We asked Professor Doug Powers for advice on the current COVID-19 situation. The following is his response:How can I make sense of what’s going on right now? For cultivators, there should be...

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...

Professor Doug Powers: What is suffering?

Mar 2, 2020

We asked Professor Doug Powers the following questions: What is the suffering that the Buddha talks about? Do I have to ride the waves of emotions at all times in my life? The following is his...

Professor Doug Powers: Does the Buddha still have preferences?

Feb 4, 2020

We asked Professor Doug Powers about the role of personal preferences for cultivators. The following is his response:Understanding preferences from the vantage points of karma and of samadhi (i.e.,...

Professor Doug Powers: What is freedom?

Jan 7, 2020

Professor Doug Powers discusses freedom of mind in the context of our modern experience:So what did Buddha have to say about our modern experience? Our fundamental problem is our crowning achievement...

Professor Doug Powers: Why Bother Meditating?

Nov 29, 2019

We asked Professor Doug Powers for some of his insights on meditation. The following is his response:The first step to these kinds of questions is having a common description that we hold together of...

Fall 2019 Weekend Self-Cultivation Workshops

Oct 25, 2019

DRBU is unique in that self-cultivation is a crucial aspect of its pedagogy; learning and self-transformation are intimately related. Since the beginning of this fall semester, our Dean of...

DRBU students help launch Dharma Radio station

May 13, 2019

Over the last year, a team of volunteers that included DRBU students and staff have worked to create Dharma Radio, an online radio station that features Buddhist ceremonies, meditation, and ...