Health clinic at Buddhist monastery the subject of new documentary

Tristan Stoch, a 21-year-old Port Townsend filmmaker, is currently on location in Nepal, working on his latest project. The film, tentatively titled Compassion Connects: Acupuncture and Primary Care in Nepal, will focus on a health clinic adjacent to a Buddhist monastery that is run by the Acupuncture Relief Project (ARP). Stoch plans to finance his latest documentary with [...]

The Karmapa’s New Year’s message

Via KagyuOffice.org: The Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, has released a New year's message; it follows in its entirety here. "Many people have expressed anxiety about disasters that might befall the world in the year 2012. In fact, we never know what any given year might hold. But if we are sincerely committed to following a path of compassion and wisdom, [...]

“There Is No Pizza in Nibbana” — Mirka Knaster and Robert Pryor on Anagarika Munindra

An interview with the authors of Living This Life Fully, a book reviewed earlier this year in Buddhadharma. By Danny Fisher Anagarika Sri Munindra (1914-2003) was the much-beloved Bengali master whose many students included such luminaries as Dipa Ma, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, and Lama Surya Das. Many generations of young practitioners and up-and-coming scholars [...]

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche passes away at 80 (updated)

BBS, Bhutan's National Public Service Broadcaster, has reported that the Nyingma lineage master His Holiness Dungtse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche has died today in New York. The son of Dudjom Rinpoche and the father of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche passed away at the age of eighty. He was considered to be an emanation of the fourteenth-century Nyingma master [...]

Former Theravadan monk brings mindfulness to the workplace

By Adam Tebbe Gregory Burdulis is a former Theravadan Buddhist monk who spent several years in intensive silent meditation practice in Burma. Today he teaches mindfulness meditation to employees at the famous 600-person advertising agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky (CP+B). Participants are often looking for balance amid a hectic work schedule. "It's not that I am perfect or [...]

LA Times looks at South Korea’s “Fighting Monks”

The Los Angeles Times has profiled Ando, a South Korean Buddhist monk who has recently become director of the martial arts training regimen for the "Fighting Monks" at Beomeosa Temple at Busan. Part of Ando's work in this capacity is to raise the profile of a very specific Korean martial art -- Sunmudo -- and help convey something about its unique history. Click here to read [...]

Chögyam Trungpa on connecting to Buddhist teachings

"In order to become a follower of the dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, one has to become nonaggressive, beyond aggression. In order to do that, there has to be some kind of warmth in oneself, gentleness to oneself, which is known as maitri, or loving-kindness. There also has to be greater gentleness to others, which is known as karuna or compassion. When we begin to [...]

The Buddha Path Editing Conference and 9th Annual Dzogchen Winter Retreat

The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation has announced that the Buddha Path Editing Conference and 9th Annual Dzogchen Winter Retreat will be held at the Dzogchen Retreat Center in Western Oregon this year. The two-week-long retreat will start at 3 PM on Tuesday, January 3, and will conclude on Wednesday, January 18, at 3 PM. This retreat will focus on "the editing and practice of [...]

Village Zendo’s Enkyo O’Hara Roshi to celebrate 70th birthday

A 70th birthday celebration for Enkyo O'Hara Roshi will take place at New York's Village Zendo this January 8, 2012, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Enkyo Roshi, who turns 70 on January 11, will lead zazen and give a talk, followed by brunch and birthday cake. Enkyo Pat O'Hara is a Soto Zen priest and Abbot of Village Zendo, a community-based practice center in New York grounded in [...]

Mingyur Rinpoche’s new online learning site is live

Posted by the Tergar Meditation Community Before Mingyur Rinpoche began his retreat, he laid out a farsighted plan to sustain the Tergar community for many years into the future. One of the main components of his bold vision was the Tergar Learning Community (TLC), an online learning platform with opportunities to learn about meditation and the essentials of Buddhist practice, [...]