Grassroots American Militarism… For the Children

Or "weighing in on the Kony 2012 campaign..."Here is the video:When I first watched it, having seen it posted on facebook by a do-gooder Canadian friend and a very-smart-cookie friend from Africa, I was inspired. To get me to watch anything not related to my studies these days is quite a task, and this video managed to get, and hold, my attention for 30 (precious) minutes.I reposted it. A couple more of my friends reposted it as well.And then I saw a message stating that the … [Read more...]

Review of Crazy Wisdom

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche via Crazy Wisdom Films

Recently I was sent two DVD Screeners, this one, about the life and times of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and another called "Force of Nature" about the Japanese-Canadian scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki. I will review the Suzuki movie later this week, and today I'll write a bit about the Trungpa flick.Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who was born in Tibet prior to the Chinese invasion, lived, quite frankly, a crazy life. Yet his charisma in teaching the Dharma and ability to motivate a … [Read more...]

Tantric sex and kissing nuns (Video)

Vodka Jesus

Warning: potentially disturbing images and manipulation to follow.I'm just back from a mini-conference held here in Bristol, and I can only say "my mind was blown."Yes, this is going to be an academic post.Though all of the talks were stimulating, the 'keynote' of sorts was on the topic of the use of religious imagery in corporate advertising by Katie Edwards. While her paper focused on Christian imagery, principally Catholic because that seems to have drawn the most outrage, she did … [Read more...]

Smile. Breathe. Repeat., or The Need to Travel

Images from around India and Burma (Fall/Winter 2010-2011), photos by Justin Whitaker

Last Friday in Missoula, at a public talk given by Anam Thubten Rinpoche, a friend asked me what I learned in all of my travels. I hadn't put much thought into such a question, but I immediately answered, "that our lives are unnecessarily complicated."A second insight I had, as I prepare for a little talk/slideshow about my travels, is just how profoundly interconnected we all are. And how the simplest of encounters can alter the direction of our life. Or, a bit less dramatically, these … [Read more...]

Life: The Secret

It's a film from Australia about how thought can and will change your whole life. Amongst other things it promises: MONEY - RELATIONSHIPS - & HEALTH all through the power of thought (they do also talk about action - bringing your thoughts into reality).Perhaps Buddhists have known this all along, but as I'm often told, Buddhists don't claim a corner on the Truth market. Truth can and will find expression all over the place (even Australia).Is it the same old new age crap that has … [Read more...]