• Watch: Om in! BuddhaFest Om Flashmob Paid Member

    From the BuddhaFest DC youtube channel, What if we could make a difference by doing something simple? A bunch of us walked into a bookstore in downtown Washington, DC, sat down and started chanting OM. Here's what happened. More »
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    Who's Buddhist Now? Cher! Paid Member

    During a recent interview with Architectural Digest well-known singer Cher identified herself as a Buddhist---one "who should always be in after-school detention.": “I’ve played around with Buddhism for years,” continues the actress, a devotee of the American Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön (“a genius in Sheldon Leonard’s body,” she quips). “As corny as it sounds, the soul of the universe, everything that I need, I can find in its practice.” To read the further excerpts from the interview click here. The full interview is printed in Architectural Digest's July issue. Photo © More »
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    From Sunrise to Sunset: A Day with the Dalai Lama Paid Member

    It's not everyday that you get to see the Dalai Lama brush his teeth. I don't know what I expected—maybe a beautifully ornamented golden toothbrush—but as it turns out, his toothbrush looked a lot like my own. Such are the moments captured in Sunrise/Sunset, a documentary film directed by Vitali Manski. Several years ago the filmmaker and his crew were allowed to follow and film H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama for 24 hours—through press conferences, private audiences with Tibetan refugees, meditation, and even his morning fitness routine. But though there is certainly something captivating about watching the Dalai Lama doing morning exercises on a treadmill, the most powerful moments in the film are the candid interviews, which—characteristic of the Dalai Lama—are both jovial and serious. In a brief interview on the monastery balcony, the Dalai Lama explains the relativity of moments before good humoredly laughing at the overwhelmed film crew. More »
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    Ken McLeod on Faith and Belief Paid Member

    In a recent post on his blog Musings, Ken McLeod discusses two familiar terms: faith and belief. How he understands these terms, however, might not be so familiar. He argues that belief is a closed system in which we rely on past conditioning and ideas to interpret our experiences. Faith, he says, is a much more open way of operating where we still allow past conditioning and ideas to arise, but we are not bound by them: We remain open to both mysteries and new ideas. Ken writes: More »