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    Buddha Buzz: AIDS Activist Buddha Paid Member

      Found this funny Buddhist bumper sticker on, amid many Christian ones. As the post says, there's something about expressing your religion publicly, for all to see; it's a clear identity statement. But the thing is, I'd hazard a guess that unless you're Buddhist yourself or know something about Buddhism, this bumper sticker wouldn't mean a thing to you—not a lot of non-Buddhists know the word "mahayana." So...what does that make this? A non-identity statement? (A Buddhist bumper sticker, then, indeed!) In any case, unidentified Ford owner, I like your sticker. More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Rude Buddhas and Undertaker Bodhisattvas Paid Member

    First off, some follow-up on past Buddha Buzz items: Remember the three Tibetan hunger strikers in New York? They were paid a visit by "Tibet's best friend" (the words of Tsewang Rigzin, president of the NYC Tibetan Youth Congress, not mine), actor Richard Gere last week. And this Tuesday, U.N. Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, invited Rigzin to his offices, where the two discussed the hunger strikers' requests, the Huffington Post reports. Looks like they are making some progress! More »
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    Ten Years Ago... Paid Member

    ...Tricycle held a conference on practice and inquiry called "Buddhism—Does it Make a Difference?" at the World Trade Center's Marriott Hotel. Jeff Wilson summarized the three day event in this article, quoting conference speakers like Joseph Goldstein, Gelek Rinpoche, and Pat Enkyo O’Hara Sensei. I particularly love this quote from Tsoknyi Rinpoche: “Thought and emotions are innocent. You know human rights; well, there are thought rights. Thoughts have a right to come. But we have a right not to go along with them. We give them space. Give love to your thoughts. Think, Oh, I have waited so long for you to come!’ Hug them, love them. Let them come into your mind, but with peace.” More »
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    Old Buddhist Humor on Timeless Human Greed Paid Member

    Check out this old comic, published in the Summer 1993 issue of Tricycle:   A good reminder in these Occupy Wall Street days that all of us, not just the 1%, are capable of greed. More »
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    Buddha Buzz: Zazen in a Bottle Paid Member

    Brad Warner's blog, Hardcore Zen, recently highlighted this amazing product: I AM BLISS energy shots. I AM BLISS drinks (so blissful, they need capital letters), use a combination of chamomile flowers, passion flowers, lemon balm, and Ashwagandha plants to give the drinker "an authentic experience of BLISS." As their website says, this is "no small undertaking when you consider the commonly understood meaning of BLISS is a euphoric state of being usually associated with drugs, mystical experiences, or the result of years of meditation." You hear that, dedicated meditators? Someone has bottled you. More »
  • Buddha Buzz: How to fall asleep on an airplane Paid Member

    Having trouble sleeping? Try meditating! In a recent piece on The New York Time's Opinionator blog, "How to Sleep on a Plane," Virginia Heffernan writes: More »