Crazy Wisdom: A Film About the Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche (Video/trailer) / Updated

[Update: The New York Times reviews Crazy Wisdom. Previous updates: Crazy Wisdom has been selected as one of the Santa Barbara Independent's "Films to See." And, Jetset Extra has just published a new interview with the director of Crazy Wisdom, Johanna Demetrakas. Read it here. And you can also see a large version of the film's poster (a thumbnail is shown here) here.] We told [...]

“Inner-City Inner Peace”

Ali Smith, Atman Smith, and Andy Gonzales know firsthand how easy it is for children to lose their way and succumb to fear and despair. So they decided to do something about it, and found that others wanted to help, too. Starting by teaching fifth graders, many of them so called "problem students," how to do yoga -- "The kids thought yoga was the little guy from Star Wars," [...]

Ajahn Maha Bua, master of the Thai Forest tradition, 1913-2011

Venerable Ajahn Maha Bua (alternate spelling: Maha Boowa), a master of the Thai Forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism, has passed away at the age of 97. He was the student of Venerable Acariya Mun, one of the founders of the revived Thai Forest tradition, and would himself become founder of Baan Taad Forest Monastery in northeastern Thailand. As a young man he had had at [...]

“Virtual” Buddhist communities: Well, why not?

Over at SweepingZen.com, author and senior editor Adam Tebbe responds to criticisms by Zen teacher Brad Warner, wherein Warner states that he is "fighting the good fight against the forces that want to move Zen practice on-line." Regarding the idea of online sanghas, or Buddhist communities, Warner writes: "A zendo in Second Life is not a real zendo. Your time spent reading [...]

ICT on US-China summit: “A positive development for human rights and Tibet”

The International Campaign for Tibet made an official statement saying that they were pleased with the outcome of the meeting between President Obama and China's President Hu Jintao. Mary Beth Markey, ICT President, said "the US-China summit has been a positive development for human rights and Tibet. President Obama's direct defense of the universality of human rights, and [...]

Ceremony for Lou Hartman

From sangha-e! Shuun Mitsuzen (Bright Shadow, Empty Source) Lou Hartman died on January 20 at 3:45 pm, surrounded by his wife of over sixty years, Zenkei Blanche Hartman, their children, a granddaughter, and great-granddaughter. Lou was a long-term resident, priest, and practitioner at all three San Francisco Zen Center locations. Blanche said that what many people remember [...]

The March 2011 Shambhala Sun: Browse it online now

Can we "smile at fear?" Yes we can, Pema Chödrön teaches us in the new, March 2011 Shambhala Sun magazine, which features an exclusive presentation of her recent "Smile at Fear" teachings. If you want to make bravery, open heart, and basic goodness a bigger part of your life, you won't want to miss this. Also in the new magazine: Thich Nhat Hanh on healing the child within, [...]

Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times of Chogyam Trungpa

The world premiere of Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times of Chogyam Trungpa will take place on February 5 at the 26th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director and the producer. From the film's website: "Crazy Wisdom is the long-awaited feature documentary to explore the life, teachings, and "crazy wisdom" of [...]

Mindfulness’s benefits: from out of the news and into your life

Mindfulness has, of course, been increasingly newsworthy, but the latest news – as reported on the Shambhala Sun Foundation's new website, MINDFUL.org last week – has really been getting around in the past couple of days. The big story, of course, is that practicing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction re-shapes the brain, and increases the amount of grey matter in the area of [...]