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  • An Angry Zen Chef on How to Cook Your Life Paid Member

    Ed Brown—former student of Suzuki Roshi and author of the Tassajara Bread Book—has practiced both Buddhism and cooking for over 40 years. This does not mean, however, that he's always equanimous in the kitchen. In fact, in a profile a couple years back, Slashfood called Brown the "Angry Zen Chef." How did he earn this nickname? By being unafraid to share and talk about his emotions—which at times can include a little anger, especially when people get in his way in the kitchen. More »
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    Jeff Bridges & costars blend Buddhism and state-of-the-art special effects in new movie Paid Member

    In recent interviews the stars of the upcoming science fiction movie Tron: Legacy have spoken about the influence that Zen Buddhism had on the making of the film. Jeff Bridges, a practicing Buddhist and the star of Tron, hoped that the cult classic would blend special effects with elements of Zen. From National Post: More »
  • Michael Imperioli's Exploration of the Hungry Ghost Realm Paid Member

    The Hungry Ghosts, the directorial debut from veteran actor and writer Michael Imperioli, opened last Friday here in New York.  Best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti on HBO's mafia drama the Sopranos and now on the cast of ABC's Detroit 187, Imperioli is a student of the highly regarded Nyingma lama Namkha Rinpoche, and as he discussed in his Winter '09 Tricycle interview, he finds that his mindfulness practice and work as an actor employ many similar skills and disciplines.  With a title like The Hungry Ghosts (a reference to one of the six realms within Tibetan cosmology), it seems More »
  • Buddha anime film trailer Paid Member

    Here is a trailer for the first part of the anime film trilogy Buddha. The movies are based on Osamu Tezuka's manga about the life of prince Siddhartha (serialized in the 1970s and '80s). Toei Animation and Tezuka Productions have adapted Tezuka’s Buddha, and Warner Bros. plans to premiere the first part in May, 2011 in Japan. Watch it here. Read a review of volumes 7 & 8 of Tezuka's Buddha (Dan Zigmond, Spring 2006) here. More »
  • Thai Palm d'Or filmmaker to serve as judge for YouTube Play Paid Member

    Once learned, a name like Apichatpong Weerasethakul is hard to forget. So when I saw his name in the Toronto Globe and Mail today, I remembered that we'd profiled the Thai filmmaker a few years back. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival's Jury Prize for Tropical Malady, Apichatpong received high praise when his next film, Syndromes and a Century, was released. As we wrote in 2008: More »
  • Director of The Cup making new film Paid Member

    Bhutanese-born Buddhist teacher Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, director of The Cup (1999) andTravellers and Magicians (2003), has another film in the works, or at least he's thinking about one. For now, it's at "the concept level." What's the next one going to be about? He tells bernama.com, the Malaysian National News Agency, that this one will be about dance: I love Indian classical dance. It's one of the most beautiful and richest cultures we have on earth. It's one of the oldest living traditions of expressing inner spiritual power through the medium of dance and music, and this has always fascinated me. That is why I chose this subject. More »