Thinking good thoughts for Joni Mitchell

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We're thinking especially fondly today of singer/songwriter/multifaceted musician Joni Mitchell today, having gotten the word that she was hospitalized last night after being found unconscious in her home. Thankfully there's already positive news, via “She regained consciousness on the ambulance ride.... She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and [...]

Michael Imperioli talks Buddhism and The Sopranos

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In a new interview with comedian Marc Maron on Maron's famous WTF podcast, the multitalented Michael Imperioli gets personal -- about acting and directing, life after his stint on The Sopranos, playing music, cooking (he was the winner of the Chopped Tournament of Stars), meeting Lou Reed as well as Allen Ginsberg and other Beat figures, and his practice of Tibetan Buddhism. "I [...]

Dharma makes a difference for prisoners

Our second annual batch of magazines and Buddhist books for inmates in the L.A. County system went out last week.

We've just packed up and sent out our second annual collection of copies of Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma, as well as some select Buddhist books to the Los Angeles County penal system, to be shared among chaplains and interested inmates there who wish to explore and practice the dharma. We're hardly the only ones to do this sort of thing; lots of Buddhist publishers fulfill [...]

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: "’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 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, [...]