Meditation is having its moment in the West, or was that mediation?

The Atlantic has an article out this week called "How Meditation Works." It's very good in terms of an overview and well worth a read. One tiny caveat, though, is all-too-common typo (replacing 'meditation' with 'mediation'): There are different forms of mediation practice -- among them Transcendental Meditation or "TM" (a Hollywood-approved technique heralded by David Lynch), Qigoing (a Chinese form of "energy healing"), and even yoga -- all of which carry their own array of benefits; however m … [Read more...]

Buddhism has the Rope and the Snake, Christianity has Jesus and the Pug

Look closely... who is it that you see?

Well, they're not exactly equivalent, but bear with me.Who... or what, do you see in the image above?Yes! Wow! Oh, wait?! Ewwww. Really?Here's the whole image:As much as I love Jesus, I'm just as happy to see that its a pug! (And I'm sure my pug-loving girlfriend will agree.)Ahhh, just look at that face. A bit blurry, but anyhow....That is just one of (apparently many) photos of dog's rear quarters that amazingly resemble what some people would swear is a miraculous … [Read more...]

Brad Warner: Buddhist meditation in a bunny suit

brad warner of hard core zen

Taking on the very serious topic of "Why should we meditate" while dressed in a cosmic bunny suit might seem a bit strange and, well, it is. But that's Brad Warner for you, the man who brings you hard core zen and a slew of books with titles like:Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye Sex, Sin, and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex … [Read more...]

Buddhist Meditation and the Harlem Shake?

I'm about a month behind on this and I'm not sure I'll ever understand this internet phenomenon, but, for what it's worth, apparently Buddhist meditation groups are in on this thing as well (this one via Karme Choling, a Shambhala center in northern Vermont):I find the "kids react" video much more 'enlightening':Says one 10 year-old, "Stop it. Now! If you make one more video, I will pull your brains out and feed your liver to my dogs." (violent? yes. necessary? maybe.) And while we're … [Read more...]

A Talk and Guided Meditation with Lama Surya Das and Ram Dass

lama surya das and ram dass

The talk starts off a bit slowly and meanders (in a good way) at times, but for those who like Lama Surya Das and/or Ram Dass, this will be a great treat.  The conversation flows from preparing for death, being Jewish and inspired by Jesus, Maharaj-ji, experiences in India, Cats vs. Dogs, baseball, love, and more "teachings and moments on the spiritual path" along with a brief period of meditation.For more, see my Oct. 2012 interview with Lama Surya Das: American Buddhist and Bestselling Au … [Read more...]

3 Reasons to Welcome the ‘tt’ in St. Patty’s Day

green-st-patricks-day

I'm not sure what it is. Perhaps something in my Irish-English-Polish(Jewish)-Scottish heritage and dirt-road, blue sky, tumble-weed, Montana upbringing, but I just don't understand a lot of .... how should I put it? Conservatism? Orthodox traditionalism?Now, today is St. Patrick's Day.This has always been a fun holiday for my family as yesterday (March 16th) is the birthday of my father, Patrick James Whitaker (where I get my Irish/English). Montana has a pretty large Irish population, … [Read more...]

Mitt Romney seeks Buddhist Counsel (Video)

Mitt Romney and Tibetan Buddhist Monks

Mitt Romney has "invested in a high-paid soul-searching team to help him weigh his possibilities" according to the satirical news site, the Onion.Mysteriously, however, the report never mentions the monks, pictured here, which include one Theravadin monk along with what appear to be three Tibetan monks (one wearing the characteristically Geluk yellow hat of the "pandit" or learned person). The report continues:"The talented group of life-purpose consultants, which Romney is expected to … [Read more...]

Are you a Buddhist Wanker (Jerk)? – (Humor)

Self-described Spiritual Wanker Mark Walsh takes us through diagnosing a spiritual wanker and some potential cures. It reminded me a bit of my recent review of the wonderful book, Dispirited (blog here). Walsh criticizes 'spiritual' people for using insider language, dropping Tibetan, Sanskrit, (and he even mentions Pali!), when common English terms would clearly suffice, and more importantly, the normal English terms would be understood by everyone.I like the video because he is humble … [Read more...]


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