The Life-Changing Words of Mary Oliver

Rick Bass looks at the late Mary Oliver’s poem “The Summer Day,” which asks, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

What A.I. Means for Buddhism

AI can articulate the sum total of human knowledge, but can it help us cultivate wisdom and compassion—or is it a danger on the spiritual path? Ross Nervig investigates.

Mindful Cooking with Chef Bryant Terry

How can all communities thrive? Bryant Terry on the importance of cooking mindfully.

The Race Koan

Are we all Black poets at night? E. Ethelbert Miller asks us to ponder this and other questions.

Honoring the Form

Everything is impermanent, but a chance encounter shows another truth—continuation. A short story by the renowned novelist Charles Johnson.

Toward a Revolution of Love

In this important essay, the late bell hooks inspires us to make her vision of a culture of love come true.

Welcoming the Year of the Wood Dragon

For Tibetan Buddhists, this week marks Losar, the new year — a time to clean house, cherish family, make offerings, contemplate the past year and welcome the new.

The 2022-2022 Contemplative Medicine Fellowship cohort in a group photo at their graduation.

Study finds Contemplative Medicine training reduces burnout in medical professionals

The study measured the effects of the New York Zen Center's twelve-month "Contemplative Medicine Fellowship" on burnout among medical professionals.

Geshe Thabkh

How Buddhism Met Science: A Monastic Scholar’s Journey

Dhondup T. Rekjong shares the journey of Geshe Thabkhe, a Tibetan monastic scholar at the intersection of the ongoing dialogue between Buddhism and modern science.

Buddhas and bodhisattvas inspire at Norton Simon Museum’s “Benevolent Beings”

Lion’s Roar associate editors Mihiri Tillakaratne and Noel Alumit visit the “Benevolent Beings” exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California.

A dorje sits on a page of tibetan writing

How Learning Tibetan Changed the Way I Think

Translator Estefania Duque shares her journey studying Tibetan, revealing how language shapes the mind, influences perspective, and offers spiritual inspiration.

Woman sitting with VR headset on

Through the Digital Veil: Inside the World of VR Meditation

Can virtual reality deepen contemplative practice? Ross Nervig dons a headset and explores the promise and peril of mesmerizing worldscapes.

Kazuaki Tanahashi painting.

Kazuaki Tanahashi: Painting Peace

Explore this selection of art and Buddhist wisdom to give hope in a time of global crisis by artist, peace and environmental worker, and renowned calligrapher, Kazuaki Tanahashi.

Jane Hirshfield sitting in sunroom on a bench

The Zen of Jane Hirshfield

When we live in the liminal state, the place of listening, of not-knowing, then everything draws near to us, becomes kin. Noelle Oxenhandler on the words and wordlessness of the renowned American poet Jane Hirshfield.

Mingyur Rinpoche and Paul McGowan in the mountains, looking at the scenery around them.

Wandering…But Not Lost: Director Paul MacGowan on Capturing Mingyur Rinpoche’s Wandering Retreat

Martine Panzica talks to director Paul MacGowan about the making of the documentary film “Wandering...But Not Lost,” which chronicles Mingyur Rinpoche's remarkable four-and-a-half year wandering retreat.

Born I's Amida Album

Hip-hop artist and meditation teacher Born I releases new album “AMIDA”

Born I’s September release, “AMIDA,” is an “introspective blend of Buddhist philosophy, Lofi elements, and Eastern modalities.”

Barbie’s Journey to Enlightenment

In the Greta Gerwig-directed "Barbie," the iconic doll embarks on a pink-hued journey toward enlightenment not unlike the historical Buddha’s. Jennifer Keishin Armstrong explores how "Barbie" serves as a meditation on consciousness, impermanence, and the true nature of reality.

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The Dharma of Barbie

Karen Maezen Miller was torn when her daughter entered the Barbie stage. But what was worse—the doll’s commercialism or Mom’s grownup judgments?

Psychedelics and Spirituality: Exploring the Intersection at Psychedelic Science 2023

In June, the largest psychedelic conference in history, Psychedelic Science 2023, brought together a diverse group of experts to explore the scientific, therapeutic, and spiritual potential of psychedelics. Jason Moscow reports.

Hip-hop artist Born I releases new single dedicated to Thich Nhat Hanh

The new track "Om Mani Padme Hum (Tribute)" from hip-hop artist Born I is dedicated to the late Vietnamese Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh.