In the 90s, I wrote my book on the teachings of Jesus. It is not a book on Christianity in general. I base my writing primarily on the material found in the four gospels. I knew very well that Church teachings often deviate from the teachings of Jesus. But Saint Paul is a towering figure in Christianity. He also wrote many of the books in the New Testament. According to Britannica, “Of the 27 books in the New Testament, 13 or 14 are traditionally attributed to Paul, though only 7 of these Pauline epistles are accepted as being entirely authentic…


A Buddhist is concerned about the deteriorating situation in American society today. He posted something recently in an Alan Watts group on Facebook, asking for suggestions for changing the climate of hatred and violence. For those who are not familiar with the late Alan Watts, he was a major British philosopher who had published many books on Hinduism, Zen, and Taoism. Alan Watts has a wide following. Some of his followers believe that Watts advised against trying to change the world, basing this on the Taoist teaching of wu-wei.

This is an interesting issue. Taoism does teach about wu-wei. Some…


Spiritual teacher, Teal Swan, recently posted an interesting musing on her Instagram. She said, “Most of our lives we strive to do what is ‘right.’ The question to ask yourself is .. ‘right’ according to whom?”

The religious world is full of notions of duality — right versus wrong, pure versus impure, good versus evil, etc. Indian philosophy, on the other hand, has a branch called Advaita Vedanta, which teaches non-duality. Mahayana Buddhism too has a nondual aspect. Some of Mahayana’s key teachings are “Samsara is Nirvana” and “Kleshas are Bodhi.” A well-known Theravada scholar-monk criticized the non-dual approach to…


In my book, The Zen Teachings of Jesus, I listed ten elements of Zen. I would add “wildness” to that list. “Wildness” has to do with non-conformance to society’s norms, rules, regulations, etc. Henry Thoreau was the one who said that “all good things are wild and free.” In the context of his civil disobedience, this can easily be understood. Wildness does not mean behaving unethically or immorally. It is important to point out the following:

1. Not all laws, rules, regulations, social obligations, etc. are ethical or moral.

2. Not all ethical/moral behaviors are legal or rule-conforming.

3. Each…


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最近我曾和苟嘉陵兄曾在電郵上辩論有关“聖言量“的事情。其实有关“聖言量“的辯論,绝对不只是嘉陵兄和我有不同的見解,而是現代佛教界中的一个嚴肅的大辯論!故此我希望大家和我一同思考。這實在不是个人的輸赢問題 …


In 1998, Theravada monk-scholar wrote an article titled “Dhamma and Nonduality.” In that article, he spelled out the major differences between Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism. He opened his article with this statement:

One of the most challenging issues facing Theravada Buddhism in recent years has been the encounter between classical Theravada vipassana meditation and the “non-dualistic” contemplative traditions best represented by Advaita Vedanta and Mahayana Buddhism…

Bhikkhu Bodhi also stated his intention: “I hope (this article) may contribute a few sparks of light from a canonically oriented Theravada perspective.” After reading his article, I get the impression that he…


When I was writing my book, The Zen Teachings of Jesus, there was a passage in the Gospel of Matthew that I was having real difficulty understanding. It says:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”(Matthew 7: 7–8)

It sounds too easy for me. Can we really ask for whatever we want and it will be given to us? …


Bronze sculpture by Sukhi Barber

If we are to ask a Zen Buddhist why he or she practice meditation, we are likely to hear many different answers. But one common motivation for meditation and the practice of Buddhism, in general, is to seek enlightenment.

Enlightenment is perhaps the most misunderstood term in the modern world of religion and spirituality. It is not an exaggeration to say that enlightenment is an obsession and an attachment for many spiritual seekers. Given this fact, it would be shocking for these seekers to hear the following statement from a well-known spiritual teacher, U.G. …


Is there any major difference between Buddhism and Hinduism in terms of their respective philosophies and worldviews? The answer depends on which specific schools of Buddhism and Hinduism we are comparing. As a whole, however, there is a big difference between the two in terms of their respective practices of detachment. We can catch a glimpse of such differences simply by looking at the religious imageries and icons. If you do a Google search of the images of Buddha, you are likely to find him portrayed in various meditative poses. Occasionally, you will find the image of the Starving Buddha…

Kenneth Leong

Author, Zen teacher, scientific mystic, professor, photographer, philosopher, social commentator, socially engaged human

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