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  • Giggle Reel: The Dalai Lama Paid Member

    Cambridge University paper The Tab has compiled a reel of all the Dalai Lama's chortles from a press conference this morning in Cambridge, England. We challenge you to watch without cracking a smile.     More »
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    Guess Who's Buddhist Now? Jennie Garth Paid Member

    Guess who's Buddhist now? Jennie Garth! The paparazzi snapped the Beverly Hills, 90210 actress in Los Angeles on Monday carrying Eight Steps to Happiness: The Buddhist Way of Loving Kindness, a commentary on the Eight Verses for Training the Mind by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso of the New Kadampa tradition. So I guess we'll have to wait and see if Jennie is really the latest celebrity to jump on the Buddhist bandwagon. We'll know for sure when she comes out with her own meditation program... More »
  • Valentine's Day Buddhist Heart Replacement Paid Member

    A few years back, Youth Yoga Dharma founder and craniosacral practitioner Cator Shachoy sent us this "Buddhist Heart Replacement." It's the perfect remedy for those of us suffering through Valentine's Day with pain in our hearts. Click to see a larger version of the image. On the next page, Cator explains the background behind the drawing. More »
  • Meditation Month, Day 8: Meditation, Interrupted Paid Member

    My regular sitting practice tapered off about a year ago. I wish I could say what happened and why but I’m not really sure. My life didn’t fall apart or anything. Nor did it fall apart when I stopped sitting. I guess I still had my practice of sorts, cobbled together from sustained periods of concentration or devotion, purposely induced thoughts and lines of reasoning conjured up to counter what I knew was unwholesome, lying in bed staring at the tree branches outside my window, etc. The 28-day program, I hope, will provide a glimpse of what I might be missing and perhaps an opportunity to resuscitate a regular sitting practice. More »
  • We Love Getting Mail Like This Paid Member

    We love getting mail like this! This letter arrived from an anonymous Zen practitioner this morning: More »
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    Does a Cow Go "Mu"? Paid Member

    Dick Allen is the current poet laureate of Connecticut, a position he’ll hold until 2015. Allen has studied Buddhism for over 50 years, since meeting Alan Watts one quiet autumn afternoon at Syracuse University, where Allen took the country’s first undergraduate credit course in Zen Buddhism in 1960. Allen is most drawn to “crazy Zen,” and many of his Buddhist poems are written, he says, to “Americanize Buddhism and Zen Buddhism through the use of American landscapes, American icons like Coca-Cola, and Apple computers placed alongside cloudy mountains and brooms sweeping Buddhist temple floors.” More »