Nike — makers of Dharma-Burgers for your feet


Back in 2013, Nike launched a shoe that the company said at the time was "inspired by the practice of meditation and the concept of Zen.... Almost every part of the shoe reflects an aspect of a tranquil Zen garden: a modified Waffle outsole made to look like stepping stones, an insole that mirrors a raked rock garden, and slightly different midsole side lengths-a juxtaposition [...]

Ashes to ashes — David Bowie’s Buddhist death ceremony

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In the time since the passing of the great David Bowie, we've seen the influence of Buddhism in his life and work, and shared words of appreciation from Bowie's friend and onetime Buddhist teacher. Now, the Associated Press reports, the influence of Buddhism was seen one last time, in the musician and artist's death ceremony. According to Bowie's will, he'd wanted his body [...]

Garry Shandling tells the Dalai Lama a joke — and bombs


In the latest installment of Jerry Seinfeld's web-series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the comedian is Seinfeld's old friend, Garry Shandling. (The car, for the record, is a Porsche 911, and the coffee is black.) At the end of the video, Shandling -- whose life and work have been informed by Buddhist practice, most especially the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh -- recalls once [...]

The Buddha in Obama’s pocket

Obama, in White House video, shows the tiny Buddha statuette he "carries around all the time."

In Friday's White House-produced YouTube video, President Obama addressed a number of things -- including what's in his pockets. It turns out that, along with a rosary gifted to him by Pope Francis, a small Buddha statuette, given to him by a monk, is often found on the president's person. "Ever since I started running for office, people started handing me things [...] lucky [...]

That time David Bowie almost became a Buddhist monk — and what he said (and sang) about that time

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The year was 1967. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who had fled Tibet and would eventually move to North America, was at Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland. His star, and that of Buddhism, was already rising on that side of the Atlantic, attracting a new generation of seekers. Some of them were stars themselves. One -- so the story goes -- was David Bowie, who had started coming around [...]

Watch Lama Chime Rinpoche’s tribute to David Bowie


In response to the loss of David Bowie, his friend and onetime teacher Lama Chime Rinpoche has issued a video tribute. "I can not express in words," he says. "I am so sad." Rinpoche goes on to tell of meeting Bowie in 1965 -- a story Bowie told his version of in 2001 at Tibet House -- and also of knowing Bowie's producer and collaborator, Tony Visconti. Then, before issuing [...]

Hoko Karnegis to succeed Sanshin Zen Community abbot Shohaku Okumura

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In a letter dated January 5, Shohaku Okumura, abbot of the Sanshin Zen Community in Bloomington, Indiana, has announced that SZC has selected Hoko Karnegis as its new Vice Abbot (and future Abbot). As Vice Abbot, Karnegis, a longtime member and administrator of the community, will, according to SZC, "serve as administrative director and also assume an increasing role in [...]

2015: The Year in Dharma-Burgers

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In each issue of the Shambhala Sun (henceforth titled Lion's Roar), we feature a "Dharma-Burger." So: what is a Dharma-Burger? It’s any example of Buddhist thought or imagery that's been co-opted or otherwise infused into advertising or marketing—and, therefore, pop/mass-culture. These “Burgers” are often cheesy, piled high with dubiosity. But they can be tasty, too. Like our [...]

What is your favorite music lyric that reminds you of a Buddhist teaching?

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In each issue of our magazine, we ask you, our readers, to "Share Your Wisdom" by answering a question we've put to you. This seems to us like an especially fun installment. Here's the question, to be found in the March 2016 premiere issue of Lion's Roar (formerly the Shambhala Sun). What is your favorite music lyric that reminds you of a Buddhist teaching? Thanks to all [...]

Buddhism and The Force meet again


Today CNet alerts us to the existence of a new Etsy store, run by digital artist Chris Milnes, that sells "Zen" versions of iconic pop-culture characters — Batman, Yoda, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Groot, and so on -- whose heads have been supplanted onto the body of Hotei, often referred to as the "laughing Buddha." They're all 3D printed, and so are a good deal more [...]