• H.H. the Dalai Lama Meets Dave Matthews Paid Member

    Straight from the Dalai Lama's Twitter feed, it's His Holiness with Dave Matthews last night at the Common Ground for Peace Forum at Syracuse University. Maybe a collaboration is in the future! (We're kind of kidding, but really, wouldn't that be cool?) More »
  • Buddha Buzz: The Cult's Ian Astbury and Some Hard Partyin' Monks Paid Member

    It's Friday the thirteenth (paraskevidekatriaphobics, beware) and what better way to celebrate than with an interview with "smash-and-grab Buddhist" Ian Astbury, veteran grunger and bandmember of The Cult? As the interview begins on the Huffington Post, "It might be argued that the visceral whack of The Cult's brand of heavy, dharma-conscious rock is just the kind of Zen stick a sleepy pop culture needs administered to its backside." I missed the fan cult of The Cult back in the 80s, so I can't really throw in my opinion on this. But we don't have to take the interviewer at his word: we have YouTube! Here's The Cult performing "She Sells Sanctuary" and perhaps whacking you with their dharma-conscious Zen music stick:   More »
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    Buddha Buzz: Black Friday, Gray Mice, and White Wives Paid Member

    Black Friday is upon us. And as we've come to expect with the arrival of our favorite American holiday, there have been huge sales, massive crowds, and the trampling of workers and pregnant women. Actually, those tramplings occurred three years ago. This year, the American public has moved on to a more popular method of violence: pepper spray. An unidentified woman at a Wal-Mart in Porter Ranch, California, pepper sprayed other customers in an attempt to keep them away from the merchandise she wanted. One wonders if she had been inspired by the UC Davis cop. More »
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    Jeff Bridges: The Album Paid Member

    Last year, in an interview for Tricycle ("The Natural," Fall 2010), Katy Butler asked Jeff Bridges whether he thought of himself as a Buddhist. His answer? "A Buddhistly bent guy sounds kind of right."I'm not sure whether this conversation took place before or after Bridges penned and recorded the songs for his recently released self-titled CD, but  it's clear now that "Buddhistly bent" is a phrase that he's fond of.In "Tumbling Vine," one of the few songs on the album that Bridges wrote the lyrics for, he sings:Here is the freedomI have been sentI'm delightedI'm Buddhistly bentLater in the song, sounding a little like his famous character the Dude, he says:Here is my seatI do not pay rentI'm delightedI'm Buddhistly bent More »
  • Listen: A Jazz Man Plays Music to Whales Paid Member

    In the Summer issue of Tricycle, "Animal Realm" columnist Rick Bass digs deeper into the lives of our non-human friends with a feature on humpback whales. In "Whale Song: Secrets beneath the shimmering blue" Bass tells us about the work of David Rothenberg, a musician and scholar who plays music to whales.Bass writes: More »
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    Watch: Buddhist monk raps to attract young converts Paid Member

    A 50-year-old Buddhist monk in Japan is making up his own rap music to attract young people to Buddhism. Via More »