You know that photo of “100,000 monks praying for world peace”?


You may have seen this photo (or others like it) going around, posted on Facebook, etc, with a note that it depicts 100,000 Burmese monks praying for world peace, or something along those lines. After the earthquake in Nepal, it's now circulating again, described as "100,000 monks in Napal [sic] in prayer after the Nepal earthquake as a necessary gesture of power." So: who's in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Remembering “Irish Zen Saint” Maura O’Halloran


Maura O'Halloran was a young Irish-American woman who took to Zen practice (and how!), as famously recounted in her journals, posthumously published as the book Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind: The Life and Letters of an Irish Zen Saint. (O'Halloran was killed in an accident and her novel, of course, never finished. But you can read "Annie Mirror Heart," part of that [...]

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: Tibetan Monks make sand mandala on House of Cards

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Buddhist-art enthusiasts, take note: episode 6 of the new season of Netflix’s House of Cards includes a beautiful depiction of Tibetan monks creating and destroying an intricate sand mandala in the White House. We won't share any spoilers, other than to say that the mandala serves as a metaphor for impermanence, as explored in the episode. [...]

George Takei on ‘Being Gay, Being Buddhist’

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The actor, author, and undisputed King of Social Media reflects on his fascinating personal history: his childhood and his family’s internment during World War II, his life as a gay man and activist, how far we’ve all come, and why we must press on together. I was born to a Buddhist family -- my father was Zen and my mother was Shin, and both were rather casual about it. [...]

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 [...]

Why Punk & Buddhism Beats “Us Vs. Them”

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I’m a musician, a punk rocker, a Buddhist of sorts, a yogi. Most of all, I consider myself an individual. But the further I come along on my path, I realize that while that’s true—I am an individual—I am also the same as everyone else. The more time I spend on a meditation cushion, or turning inward during yoga, the more I realize that this “self” I have held onto so tightly [...]

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, [...]