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 [...]

Share Your Wisdom: Do you drink or use other intoxicants?

Share your wisdom Buddhism Lion's Roar do you drink?

We've got a question for you: Do you drink or use other intoxicants? Why or why not? If you've got an answer, we want to hear it. So, tell us by sending an email to TheMoment@ShambhalaSun.com. We might well include your answer on our new page, "Share Your Wisdom," which will debut in our March magazine, along with a host of other helpful, fun new departments. Be sure [...]

Benedict Cumberbatch talks meditation and “Doctor Strange”


As a comic-book nut with a bit of a spiritual bent, I was intrigued when, last year, Marvel announced plans to release a film featuring Doctor Strange, the comics company's famed "master of the mystic arts." But who would play the very-strange-indeed "Doctor"? A follow-up announcement told us it would be none other than Benedict Cumberbatch, star of Sherlock -- and, seemingly, [...]

Beyond Privilege: a Q&A with angel Kyodo williams

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To make diversity real, says Zen teacher angel Kyodo williams, Buddhists must look deep into their own hearts. From the new, January 2015 Shambhala Sun magazine; part of our feature story about Brooklyn Zen Center, "Open Minds, Open Hearts." Brooklyn Zen Center executive director Greg Snyder has spoken of a mind-meld that’s gone on between you and he, and BZC guiding teacher [...]

The Tao of the RZA


The RZA—born Robert Diggs—needs no introduction to hardcore fans of hip-hop. After setting the rap world on its ear with 1993's groundbreaking Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the mastermind of the Wu-Tang Clan has since produced a slew of albums and has branched out to film scores (Kill Bill, Ghost Dog), filmmaking, and books. He first found inspiration in the teachings of The [...]

Interview: How Brooklyn Zen’s 12-Step Sangha works

Luke Holland Brooklyn Zen Center 12-step recovery addiction

A conversation with Luke Holland, director of Brooklyn Zen Center’s 12-Step Sangha program, which meets weekly, “bringing together people in recovery from addictions of all kinds to focus on recovery in the context of Buddhadharma and the twelve steps.” See our feature on Brooklyn Zen Center inside the January 2015 Shambhala Sun magazine, on newsstands in early [...]

Master Kok Kwong, head of the Buddhist Association of Hong Kong, dies

Sik Kok Kwong died Lion's Roar Hong Kong

Sik Kok Kwong, head of the Buddhist Association of Hong Kong, died on Monday at the age of 95. As the South China Morning Post writes, Sik Kok Kwong "was lauded for promoting his religion and organising charitable services, but also faced criticism over controversial comments," noting that "while president of the city's leading Buddhist group, a position he held until his [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh health update: Doctors cautiously optimistic


Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village community has issued an update on the 88-year-old Zen teacher's health after a brain hemorrhage last week. It begins: "Thầy is now in a hospital with a highly reputable neurologist monitoring his progress. He is in the right place with the best possible care and attention. New tests have been done. Doctors report that Thầy is showing good [...]

Nuts, Bolts & Zazen: an interview with Paul Budnitz of Ello.co

Ello, Paul Budnitz, buddhist entrepreneur

He’s a self-described geek, a non-stop creative, and a serial entrepreneur. He’s made two award-winning films (93 Million Miles and Ultraviolet). His company, KidRobot, put the “designer toy” craze on the map, and some of his own such creations have found permanent homes in the MoMA. And in 2011, he launched Budnitz Bicycles, dedicated to building beautifully crafted, [...]

Remembering Jim Woolsey, rock fan/producer and preserver of Tibetan literature

Jim Woolsey

"He was one my dearest friends and father-figures and I don't know what I'm gonna do w/o him now." That's how Mickey Melchiondo -- aka Dean Ween, half of the team behind the beloved but no-longer-active band known as Ween -- characterized his feelings about the passing of Jim Woolsey. But who was Jim Woolsey? How that question's answered will, of course, depend on who's being [...]