Macklemore punches Justin Bieber, becomes Buddhist monk

Ben Haggerty, known by his stage name Macklemore and formerly Professor Macklemore, has announced that he will live out his remaining years as a Thai Theravadin monk. Since 2000, the well known lyrical gangsta has independently released three EPs, two albums, introduced a successful line of designer fur tracksuits, and significantly collaborated with producer and friend Ryan Lewis. Last year he  became engaged to long-time girlfriend, Tricia Davis.All of that is behind him now, as he … [Read more...]

The Onion satirizes Buddhism: “Extremist Cell Vows to Unleash Tranquility On West”

You can read the full story for yourself at The Onion.But after settling in for what I thought would be a light-hearted parody on Buddhism's ever-so-peaceful image in the West, I began to feel a bit uneasy. The article is clever enough (although the mish-mash of Buddhist traditions leaves much to be desired) but the parody instead is on the Western image of Islamic terrorism (principally that of al-Qaeda).It may just be that I recently finished a grueling up-and-down week of teaching … [Read more...]

Tegan and Sara “Closer” with Dogs (including Pug)

This has nothing to do with Buddhism or any of the serious posts of late. But, part of samsara is the moments when we can sit back and enjoy the cute, the frivolous, and the perfect artistry to be found in our shared human and animal realms:Tegan and Sara + dogs (especially the Pug). While the Buddha taught that all such things are, ultimately, dukkha, I'm perfectly happy to take a pause and just enjoy... … [Read more...]

Novak Djokovic combines Buddhist Mindfulness and Tennis at Wimbledon

This Sunday, July 7th, will see Serbian Novak Djokovic go racket-to-racket with local star Andy Murray at the Wimbledon finals (games start at 2pm GMT / 9am EST).It seems that when Djokovic isn't on the court or otherwise being pretty all-around-awesome (see below), he spends at least some of his time meditating. When he was asked about his meditation practice at a Buddhist center in Wimbledon village, he responded: “It’s very calm and quiet, obviously. I stay in a house which is very nea … [Read more...]

A short message from Kermit the Frog and the Dalai Lama

That is all. If you'd like further reading, try: Kraft, Kenneth. Inner Peace, World Peace: Essays on Buddhism and Non-violence. Albany: State University of New York, 1992. … [Read more...]

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

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

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...]