11 Buddhist book covers that went pop!

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From Milton Glaser to the very prolific "Uncredited"--a select visual history from the 1950s-1970s. An uncredited designer matches bold, semi-exotic type and a candid Tibetan Buddhist ceremony shot for an illustrated cloth edition of Heinrich Harrer's to-be-famous book. Seven Years in Tibet documents Harrer's escape from a British internment camp, and the resulting [...]

Watch: MCA Day’s “breakdancing monks” — behind the scenes


MCA-DAY "Buddhist Monks" from KNARF® New York on Vimeo. MCA Day, the annual NYC celebration of late Beastie Boy, pro-Tibet activist, and Buddhist Adam Yauch made a special splash when a group of "breakdancing monks" appeared out of nowhere to promote the event. This newly released video tells the story of how those monks -- not real monks, no, but serious dancers -- came to [...]

Watch: Pat Robertson’s bad advice about Buddhists

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It's perhaps no surprise that televangelist Pat Robertson -- famous for taking aim at everything that doesn't fit his worldview -- has now fired a shot at Buddhism. Today on his Christian Broadcasting Network's show The 700 Club, he fielded the following question from a viewer: “I work in an environment where all of my coworkers are Buddhists... Every time I approach my [...]

From Patti Smith to Miley Cyrus, Tibet House benefit blurs boundaries

Debbie Harry on playing "Heart of Glass" at the concert: "Heart of Glass" at the coming Tibet House benefit: "...it’s about love and lost love and there’s definitely a loss that Tibetans are suffering. The song’s about getting beyond that loss, and Tibetans can fully appreciate that sentiment."

Thursday night's Tibet House benefit concert continued the annual series' reputation for eclectic artistry, featuring music from names long associated with the pro-Tibet cause—like Patti Smith and Philip Glass—as well as new additions like Miley Cyrus, the Flaming Lips, Dev Hynes, Sturgill Simpson, NPR mainstay Ira Glass, and Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry (who told the [...]

Watch: “Love has no labels”


In this beautiful new PSA addressing implicit bias, we're reminded about love's power to cross any and all perceived boundaries. The PSA is just one part of a new year-long campaign about implicit bias. "Most of us aren’t even conscious of our prejudice," the campaign's website explains. "That’s why it’s called implicit bias." Visit lovehasnolabels.com to learn more, get [...]

Forget Perfect. Just Practice.

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Many of us begin meditation practice with some level of excitement and expectation. But like all things, those too shall pass. Rod Meade Sperry, in his Editorial for our "DIY Dharma" issue, offers some encouragement for keeping on. Perhaps you meditate occasionally, in the park or on the bus. Maybe you have a dedicated spot in your home and a regular time to meditate. Or you [...]

And now, Jon Stewart’s lifetime of Zen?


It would seem that Jon Stewart now has a plan for what comes next after he steps down from The Daily Show. The operative word here, of course, is seem. Stewart opened last night's show with the quip, "Many of you know I recently announced I was gonna be leaving the show to join a monastery." He also mentioned that he's learned more about what "moment of Zen" means. (Though, [...]

Stephen Hawking: One of Buddhism’s Three Poisons threatens us all

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As the Washington Post reports today, physicist Stephen Hawking has identified humanity's aggression as one of the greatest threats to humanity itself. Quoth Hawking: “The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression. It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us [...]

“Birdman” director gets congrats and thank-you from Thich Nhat Hanh


Thich Nhat Hanh weighing in on the Oscars? In a way, yes. The Zen teacher's Facebook page posted congratulations to Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu for his Academy Award Best Picture win, and expressed gratitude also for thanking Thich Nhat Hanh in the film's credits, noting that "Alejandro follows Thay's teachings, and says of his [own] mindfulness practice, 'It's [...]

9 surprising facts about Henry Miller’s affinity for Buddhism

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As someone who spent far too much time hiding in my college’s library, devouring the stories, plays, and letters of Henry Miller, I am flabbergasted now to learn of the depth of Miller’s appreciation of and preoccupation with Buddhism. (Perhaps, given my age, I was focused more then with the more prurient aspects of his work. As Erica Jong once put it, using somewhat faint [...]