Plum Village’s Sister Mai Nghiem pens open letter to French president

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French nun Sister Mai Nghiem, of Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village tradition, has composed "Dear President Hollande," an open letter of to France's president in response to last Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. It begins: Dear Mr. President, This morning four military planes crossed the sky over our mountains. They made me think of France. I have been in California for a [...]

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche returns from four years of retreat

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"He was a bestselling author and rising star of the Buddhist world, but one day Mingyur Rinpoche just walked out and left it all behind." That's how Andrea Miller's fascinating 2012 Shambhala Sun feature about Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche began. Now, via the Tergar Learning Community, comes the news that Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche has resurfaced: [...] Mingyur Rinpoche was on an [...]

What does The Walking Dead’s Morgan know about “The Art of Peace”?

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If you watch AMC's TV juggernaut The Walking Dead, you probably noticed that a book called The Art of Peace featured heavily on last night's episode. But what is the book about? As John Stevens writes in his translation of The Art of Peace, about its author: Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) was history's greatest martial artist. Even as an old man of eighty, Morihei could disarm [...]

Wise Fools

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Unflinching honesty. Insightful observation. Outside-the-box thinking. Today’s great comedians may not know much about Buddhism but they practice some of its most important principles. Rod Meade Sperry takes a look at today’s comics of merit, including Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Mike DeStefano, Garry Shandling, Tig Notaro, and more. What is it about comedians and Buddhism? [...]

Keep on “Waking Up in Every Moment”

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"Waking Up in Every Moment," this year's Shambhala Sun Community retreat/weekend at Omega Institute, wrapped up Sunday morning, and we want to thank all those of you who joined in -- whether in person at the Omega campus, or as one 2,000+ people who registered to watch the livestreamed talks as given by our teaching faculty of Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Sylvia Boorstein, and Melissa [...]

A music-appreciation lesson from the Dalai Lama


  Via Friends of the Dalai Lama comes a very sweet video-clip from the Dalai Lama's birthday celebrations earlier this month. In it His Holiness shares the stage with Michael Franti, the mastermind behind the musical group, Spearhead. Give these two a chat show -- they have a playful, fun, rapport, with even some respectful ribbing. The Dalai Lama opens things up by [...]

Are you offended by The Lancet’s Buddha image?


Take a good, good look at that magazine cover. Are you offended? No? Well, some people think you should be. What you're looking at is the original June 2015 cover of the medical journal, The Lancet Infectious Diseases. I say "original" because, as Retraction Watch reports, the folks at The Lancet have retracted and replaced the cover after a minor outcry. In an [...]

The strange case of Doctor Strange’s Tibet

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Recently we told you about the coming release of Marvel's Doctor Strange film starring Benedict Cumberbatch -- who's had his own experiences with meditation, as well as living with Tibetan Buddhist monks. It seems he's got one up on his character there. As fans of the Doctor Strange comic book know, much of it takes place in a sort of highly mythical version of Tibet mashed up [...]

Heaviness and dharma work together in new Senses Fail LP


I've covered lots of Buddhist-influenced heavy music here, but Senses Fail really does seem to be a band apart. There's no doubt that many of these songs are sonically aggressive, but what's being so passionately addressed in the lyrics are unabashed appreciations of and exhortation toward ideas like openness, love, connecting with others, and breaking free from unhealthy [...]

15 classic Buddhism-and-advertising collisions

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"I'd like to buy the world a Dharma-Burger"? Don Draper's meditation-based epiphany, as seen on Mad Men's finale, is all but immortal now. Though we'll never truly know what came next, one thing's for sure: the relationship between meditation and commerce wouldn't, for better or worse, be just fiction. Advertisers and marketers have been trading on it for decades, and [...]