“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 [...]

Dharma-Burger: The Buddha Bar

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Each issue in "Bodhi Chatter," a department from The Moment, the completely redesigned front section of the Shambhala Sun, we feature a Dharma-Burger. Which raises the question: What’s a Dharma-Burger? Well, it’s any example of Buddhist thought or imagery being infused into advertising or marketing—and, therefore, pop/mass-culture. As you might imagine, these “Burgers” are [...]

Prepare Now: A profile of meditation teacher Allan Lokos

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Death can come at any time, so the Buddha warned us to get ready now. Knowing that helped Buddhist teacher Allan Lokos after a terrible plane crash. Rod Meade Sperry has his story. Did meditation save Allan Lokos’s life? Well, there was this one time. The short of it: an indigestion-type feeling hit one evening, was noted but not much worried about. Next thing Lokos knew, [...]

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? [...]

The story behind the Martin Luther King, Jr., comic book

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Two years ago in the Shambhala Sun we ran a piece called "3 Heroes, 5 Powers," which shared a sample of The Secret of the Five Powers, a comic book that shed light on the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, Alfred Hassler, and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. The Secret of the Five Powers, I learned, was in fact inspired by a previous comic published by Hassler and the FoR. That comic [...]

Watch: Rapper Prince Ea and Glenn Beck talk Buddhism and hip-hop

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And now for something completely different, via BlazeTV.com: Here's a video (dated October 31, 2014) of St. Louis-based rapper Prince Ea in gentle conversation with none other than Glenn Beck -- who you might remember as a bit of a fire-and-brimstone type from his times as a prominent US conservative commentator on FOX. (Beck has also authored several books and now hosts [...]

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?

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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, [...]