From our current issue: Do you know how to be “Awake in the Wild”?

Whether we're in a pristine rainforest or our own backyard, nature is always available to deepen our mindfulness. In "Awake in the Wild," from our November 2010 magazine, author, psychotherapist, Spirit Rock teacher and wilderness retreat leader Mark Coleman points the way. Coleman's story is now available for you to read online in its complete form. Just click here to read [...]

Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche DVD released

Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche has been released on DVD. The film chronicles the life of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of Tibet's most revered 20th-century teachers.  It features narrations by Richard Gere and Lou Reed, as well as interviews with the Dalai Lama, Matthieu Ricard, and Rabjam Rinpoche, among others. The film was an Official Selection for the [...]

Buddhist imagery and modern weed culture: Aqua-Buddha’s just the tip of the “casual use” iceberg

As with Tiger Woods, there are some stories that, as someone who writes about Buddhism and pop-culture, I've just wanted to stay away from. Then comes the tipping point. Well, with his competitor's already-infamous commercial, the Rand Paul/"Aqua-Buddha" tipping point has arrived. After the jump: video of that commercial, and other recent evidence that when it comes to “casual [...]

Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz/Birkenau

For the 15th year, Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers are returning to the site of the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland, for the Bearing Witness Retreat. It's a  multination and multifaith retreat. This year, the retreat will include young adults from Israel, Palestine, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, and the United States. During the retreat, [...]

Chogyam Trungpa on work: “This is not a cruel imposition on us.”

A helpful not-quite-the-weekend-yet thought: "Right livelihood involves making money by working, earning dollars, pounds, euros, pesos. To buy food and pay rent you need money. This is not a cruel imposition on us. It is a natural situation. We need not be embarrassed by dealing with money nor resent having to work. The more energy you put out, the more you get in. Earning [...]

Notes from the World Buddhist Conference 2010

Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh was the keynote speaker at this year's World Buddhist Conference, held  in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A recent article from The Buddhist Channel brings us notes from Thich Nhat Hanh's keynote address, “Living in Harmony: When Things Fall Apart.”  To see pictures and read the full article, click here. [...]

Batting Practice: On Buddhism and baseball

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There's one notable difficulty to being a Buddhist baseball fan: attachment to the outcome of the game. What if you groan with apparent agony or shout with delight, depending on whether or not “your” batter beats out a grounder or a diving outfielder makes a catch What if you wake up happy in the morning because your team won the night before, or miserable because they lost and [...]

Check out Norman Fischer’s story on Huffington Post

Soto Zen Buddhist priest Norman Fischer posted an essay on The Huffington Post discussing the recent approval of a document honoring the women ancestors of the Zen tradition by the Soto Zen Buddhist Association. He tells the interesting back story to how the initiative began. Click here to read the full article. [...]

Photos: Burma’s Buddhist Home for Aged People, a “Happy Place”

Ira de Reuver is a freelance photographer from the Netherlands, and a regular contributor to photo-stock agencies and magazines. For 11 years she has been roaming around Asia, and recently shot photos from the Buddhist Home for Aged People in Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). She writes: "It is the custom there that elderly people live with their family. If they don't have any family [...]