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  • Buddha Buzz: Buddhist News from Around the World, Week of August 6 Paid Member

    It's time for another Buddha Buzz! We're keeping it light today, though, so you may want to read our current meditation doctor's tips on lightening up before you continue so that we're all on the same page. Feeling sufficiently lightened? Okay, let's go. More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Taiwan's First Gay Buddhist Wedding and Other Great News Paid Member

    July, it seems, is a very auspicious month for Tibetan Buddhists. Last Friday was the Dalai Lama's birthday, and tomorrow it's Pema Chodron's 76th. Happy Birthday, Pema! Although she is in retreat for the entirety of 2012, she's holding a virtual online retreat in honor of the occasion. If you register here (it's free), the Pema Chodron foundation will email you a pre-filmed video with advice, encouragement, and meditation instruction. In a culture in which a person expects to receive gifts on a birthday, not give them, many thanks to the Pema Chodron Foundation and, of course, Pema herself for their generosity. More »
  • The Spalding Sutra: A Buddhist priest talks NBA Finals, LeBron, and playing in "the zone" Paid Member

    Noriaki Ito is a Shin Buddhist priest at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Last year he was appointed as a bishop of his organization's North America District. Due to his new responsibilities, Ito retired from his position as a meditation teacher at Occidental College, which is where I met him as a student five years ago.In addition to being a Buddhist priest, Ito is also a passionate sports fan. We recently exchanged emails about his take on the NBA Finals, and possible connections between Buddhism and basketball. More »
  • Tone-deaf Tibetan Super Bowl ad Paid Member

    I wasn't sure I'd seen what I'd seen so I went to YouTube to have another look at Groupon's Super Bowl ad. Timothy Hutton begins seriously enough: Mountainous Tibet. One of the most beautiful places in the world. This is Timothy Hutton. The people of Tibet are in trouble. Their very culture is in danger. And then what follows is I guess a little like a punch line—and a pitch for Groupon: But they still whip up an amazing fish curry! And since 200 of us bought at Groupon.com, we're each getting $30 worth of Tibetan food for just $15 at a Himalayan restaurant in Chicago. For the amount you have to figure Groupon spent they didn't get their money's worth. The ad is as dumb as it is offensive. But don't take my word for it. Have a look yourself.   More »
  • Buddhist Monk wins gold medal for horseback riding in Asian Games Paid Member

    Last weekend a Japanese Buddhist monk named Kenki Sato won the "eventing individual" gold medal at the Asian Games held in Guangzhou, China. After winning Sato discussed how his Buddhist practice "gels" with his love for horseback riding and his dream to eventually compete in the Olympic Games. From The Chakra report: According to Sato, horse riding “gels well with Buddhism” and thus he has been horse riding since the age of 7. He said that Buddhism is so important to him that he tends to naturally get attracted to activities that other Buddhist monks also take part in, which includes horse riding. He takes both horse riding and being a monk very seriously. More »
  • Tennis's #1 ranked player Rafael Nadal visits Buddhist monks in Thailand Paid Member

    Where does the best Tennis player in the world go after winning the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open in one year? Thailand. This weekend, # 1 ranked Tennis player Rafael Nadal visited Buddhist monks at a beach in Thailand's Prachuab province outside of Bangkok. No word on whether or not the Tennis superstar is a practicing Buddhist, but Nadal did cause some controversy in July when he expressed doubt over the existence of God in an interview with Sports Illustrated: More »