Stuart Smithers

Stuart Smithers is assistant professor of South Asian Religions at the University of Puget Sound.

Magazine Arts & Culture

How to Build a Caravan of Joy

The Mishap Lineage:Transforming Confusion into WisdomChögyam TrungpaEdited by Carolyn Rose Gimian,Shambhala Publications, 200905160 pp., $21.95 paper I almost met Chögyam Trungpa. When I arrived at the steps of the New York Historical Society, just off Central Park, there was a notice posted on the massive wooden doors: Trungpa Rinpoche’s talk had been canceled for health […]

By Stuart Smithers

Magazine Society & Environment

Meat: To Eat It or Not—Stuart Smithers

What the historical Buddha ate for his last meal has been the subject of much debate. The controversial passage from the  Mahaparinibbana Sutta, the sutta that recounts the Buddha’s final days, tells us that on his last night the Buddha rested in the home of Cunda, a metalsmith apparently known to the Buddha. In honor of his […]

By Stuart Smithers
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