• Skill in Questions by Thanissaro Bhikkhu Paid Member

    Thanissaro Bhikkhu, the maddeningly prolific (at least to other dharma writers, that is) monk from the Thai forest tradition pictured at right, has a new book out: Skill in Questions. It's available as a free PDF (3 PDfs, actually) downloadable from The book begins: When we read the account of the Buddha’s last night, it’s easy to sense the importance of his final teaching before entering total nibbana: “Now, then, monks, I exhort you: All fabrications are subject to decay. Bring about completion by being heedful.” These words call attention to themselves because they were the last he ever said. 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 »
  • Thai Palm d'Or filmmaker to serve as judge for YouTube Play Paid Member

    Once learned, a name like Apichatpong Weerasethakul is hard to forget. So when I saw his name in the Toronto Globe and Mail today, I remembered that we'd profiled the Thai filmmaker a few years back. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival's Jury Prize for Tropical Malady, Apichatpong received high praise when his next film, Syndromes and a Century, was released. As we wrote in 2008: More »