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  • Dudeism=Buddhism? Paid Member

    What is Dudeism? According to dudeism.com, a website dedicated to deploying the wisdom of The Dude (Jeff Bridges) from the comedy The Big Lebowski, Dudeism is a religion with the following creed: The idea is this: Life is short and complicated and nobody knows what to do about it. So don’t do anything about it. Just take it easy, man. Stop worrying so much whether you’ll make it into the finals. Kick back with some friends and some oat soda and whether you roll strikes or gutters, do your best to be true to yourself and others – that is to say, abide. In short, Dudeism is not Buddhism. More »
  • Watch: Glimpses of the Drupchen Paid Member

    A short impression of one of the three drupchens at Shechen Monastery that Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche leads each year, via the Mangala Shri Bhuti youtube channel: More »
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    A Buddhist Wedding for Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr? Paid Member

    Will longtime Buddhist Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, a follower of "Japanese Buddhism," have a Buddhist wedding? (Bloom is sometimes linked with Soka Gakkai in the press.) Beyond sharing love, the two are also both Buddhists. Orlando is a long time Buddhist and in February 2008, Miranda told People, which first reported news of the engagement, that she practiced “Japanese Buddhism.” “At the heart of it all, it’s about practicing peace,” she said. More »
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    Guess Who's Buddhist? Rob Schneider! Paid Member

    You may know him as the goofy sidekick in Adam Sandler's movies, or as the star of lowbrow comedies like "The Animal" and "Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo," but when it comes to his Buddhist practice, Schneider isn't joking. In a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle Schneider spoke about being a Zen practitioner and the middle way: For 13 years I've been into Zen Buddhism; I only understood it a few weeks ago," says Rob Schneider. "The idea is simple: 'Nirvana,' from the Sanskrit, just means 'breathe out.' You get to a place in your life where you go (sighing with great pleasure) 'Aaaahhhh.' More »
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    Open Focus with Philippe Petite, Man on Wire Paid Member

    On Monday night, a few of us from Tricycle headed over to the Rubin Museum to attend an interview with high wire walker Philippe Petit, conducted by photographer Tom Wool. Wool's photographs of Tibet's Rongbuk Valley are being shown at the Rubin in an exhibit entitled "In the Shadow of Everest." The photos are breathtaking portraits of a remote part of the world---portraits of young school boys, Buddhist nuns and monks meditating, and the contents of his guide's pocket which included a half-dozen photos of the Dalai Lama, an image forbidden in the area. More »
  • World Cup 2010 Paid Member

    Back in 2007, three years before professional soccer teams were set to descend on South Africa's cities, 2010 World Cup fever was already taking hold. In Cape Town, where I was living at the time, billboards, posters, and television ads encouraged South Africans to keep the cities clean and safe in preparation for their 2010 visitors and hotels and restaurants had begun remodeling in anticipation of the hordes of fans. It will be the first World Cup to be held on the African continent, and South Africa—whose political, social, and financial troubles are well documented—has a lot riding on the month-long event. Now, two days before the ref's whistle signals the start of the first game between South Africa and Mexico, World Cup madness has reached a hysterical pitch—both within the host country and in the far-flung corners of the globe. More »