The White Plum Asanga issues statement regarding Dennis Genpo Merzel

After previously "accepting the resignation of Genpo Merzel from White Plum Asanga membership as well as an Elder of the White Plum," The White Plum Asanga, whose members are leaders of in the Zen lineage of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi, has issued the following statement regarding former White Plum Zen teacher Dennis Genpo Merzel and what the statement describes as "his abuse [...]

Notes from a London Meditation Flash Mob

Text and photo by Steve Silberman Tonight at 6:30 in front of St. Paul's Church in Covent Garden, dozens of Londoners and global citizens of all ages took their seats on the rain-damp cobblestones to create a meditation flash mob sponsored by a local sangha called Wake Up London. Organized quietly on Facebook, the mass sit-in was the second public dharma event hosted by the [...]

Registration open for “Creating a Mindful Society” conference

Mindful.org, The Center for Mindfulness, and Omega Institute have announced a first-of-its-kind conference. Designed specifically for those interested in the integration of mindfulness and its increasingly documented benefits into American life, Creating a Mindful Society will be open to the public and held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, on Central Park West [...]

Photographer Don Farber brings “The Dalai Lama and His People” to New York’s Tibet House

From July 19 to September 14, NYC's Tibet House will be hosting "The Dalai Lama and His People," an exhibition of work found in Don Farber's new book, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Farber has set his lens upon Buddhist life for three decades now, even serving also as a special photographer for the Dalai Lama since 1989. The exhibit, beginning with an official book launch, [...]

On meditation and changes in the brain

Meditators say their practice fundamentally changes the way they experience life. In "This Is Your Brain on Mindfulness," from our July 2011 magazine, Dr. Michael Baime reports on how modern neuroscience is explaining this in biological terms. A new excerpt from the article is now online; it looks at the pioneering work of Harvard neuroscientist Sara Lazar and researcher [...]

Richard Gere promotes his Tibetan photography exhibit in Korea

Richard Gere arrived in Korea this week to promote his photography exhibit at the Seoul Arts Center. The exhibit, which is called Pilgrim, is focused on Tibet and raising awareness about the suffering of the Tibetan people under China. The Pilgrim exhibit comprises Gere's photography and that of 24 other photographers, including Annie Leibovitz and Steven Meisel. The exhibit [...]

Documentary about Claude Anshin Thomas gets “kickstarted”

Producer/director/writer Mary Bosakowski is developing a new film about Claude Anshin Thomas, the veteran and Zen monk who authored the harrowing memoir At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace. Titled After the War, the film is, according to Bosakowski, "a purely independent documentary, a labor of love driven by a fascinating story and an excellent creative [...]

Lakers forward Ron Artest to change his name to “Metta World Peace”?

Yes, you read that right -- Lakers star Ron Artest wants to change his name to "Metta World Peace." That's Metta, as in that word you may have learned about through Buddhism, translated variably as "lovingkindness," "lovingfriendliness," or "goodwill," and World Peace as in, well, world peace. The Associated Press reports that Artest has had his lawyer file to have the change [...]

Creating “Autsit,” a meditation retreat for people on the autism spectrum

From the website AutismTheory.org comes a truly inspiring story and photoset. It begins: "My name is Greg. My friend Anne-Laure and I are both on the autism spectrum and both long-time sitters. Anne-Laure is lay-ordained in the Soto Zen lineage, but neither of us is qualified to teach in any formal tradition. Conventional meditation retreats are often too crowded, socially [...]