News

  • Buddha Buzz: Buddha Porta Potties, Marine Mindfulness, and Tibetan Rap Paid Member

    I don't know what Dutch company Boels Rental was thinking when they green-lighted an advertising campaign that involved images of Shakyamuni Buddha printed on Porta Potties around the Netherlands, but it's safe to say they didn't expect a massive Facebook campaign, led by two Thai Buddhists, demanding that the images be taken down. The campaign gathered such support that only two days after it began, the company had apologized and promised to "withdraw the designs from the market." More »
  • Social Media Guidelines for Vajrayana Students Paid Member

    The following guidelines were posted on the Facebook page of Buddhist author and filmmaker Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche (via American Buddhist Perspective). If you think or believe that you are a student of Vajrayana—whether or not that’s true is another matter—but as long as you think you are a Vajrayana practitioner, it becomes your responsibility to protect this profound tradition. More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Buddhism, Self-Help, and Suicide Paid Member

    Some of us Buddhists, myself included, like to decry Buddhism being used as self-help or therapy. And yet, Buddhism has become so entwined with self-help that in New York Magazine's recent self-help issue, half of the six feature articles mention Buddhism in some way. Kathryn Schulz's piece "The Self in Self-Help," accurately summarizes the whole phenomenon in just one sentence: "Curiously, Buddhism is simultaneously a burgeoning influence on the Western self-help movement and entirely at odds with it: anti-self, and anti-help." More »
  • Tricycle Community 1 comment

    The Self in Self-Help Literature Paid Member

    In New York Magazine's new self-help issue, journalist Kathryn Schulz examines how we can improve ourselves and why it's so damn hard. You might know you shouldn't watch the next episode of that serial television show on Netflix (those new countdowns don't help) or eat that deep-fried, bacon-wrapped Twinkie (or five), but that doesn't mean you won't! Exploring this dissonance between the prudent, "better" you and the troublemaking mortal sinner leads Schulz to grapple with the thorny question, "Can self-help work if we have no idea how a self works?" More »
  • Spiritual Esperanto Paid Member

    In Joachim Krueger’s most recent blog post on Psychology Today, the social psychologist attempts to expose the alleged hypocrisy of the 14th Dalai Lama and what he views as the unexamined shallowness of His Holiness’ vision. In demythologizing the Dalai Lama and his aura of “overall goodness,” Krueger asks us not only to sober up from our blind reverence but also to “consider the pull of collective valuation, the need to revere at least someone, and the fragility of the human thinking machine.” More »
  • Tricycle Community 9 comments

    Buddha Buzz: Rejection Therapy and Bringing the "Glam" to Meditation Paid Member

    Today on Buddha Buzz I must start with the most egregious example of spiritual consumerism I think I have ever seen in my life. As someone who went to journalism school and now makes a living as a magazine editor, I feel like my response to Wednesday's New York Times article "The New Mantra: Replacing 'Om' With 'Glam'," should be something more eloquent than what I'm about to share, but really, all I can summon up to say about this article is… "Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!" followed by loud sobbing. More »