1. Oakland Neighborhood Sees Improvement After Buddhist Shrine Moves In →

    Dan Stevenson is neither a Buddhist nor a follower of any organized religion.

    The 11th Avenue resident in Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood was simply feeling hopeful in 2009 when he went to an Ace hardware store, purchased a 2-foot-high stone Buddha and installed it on a median strip in a residential area at 11th Avenue and 19th Street.

    He hoped that just maybe his small gesture would bring tranquillity to a neighborhood marred by crime: dumping, graffiti, drug dealing, prostitution, robberies, aggravated assault and burglaries.

    What happened next was nothing short of stunning….

  2. On samadhi Saturday everyone gathers around for a good bath

    On samadhi Saturday everyone gathers around for a good bath

  3. Earnest seekers know how to find nectar amidst the thorns.

    Earnest seekers know how to find nectar amidst the thorns.