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...]

Finding Happiness, one photo at a time


There is an old zen story that I'll happily pass on (albeit perhaps in a disfigured form) for you: A monk is wandering in China and comes across a royal caravan. The king, seeing the monk, stops the caravan in order to question him."Who is your teacher?" asks the king from his carriage."My teacher is Gautama, the Awakened One," replies the monk without looking up."What is his teaching?" asks the king."Cease to do evil. Cultivate good. Purify the mind," says the monk."This … [Read more...]

Buddhism in pop-culture? Namaste. Portlandia’s Meditation Crush.

portlandia-meditation crush

The popular sitcom Portlandia has released a sneak-peek into next season, including this humorous clip showing characters portrayed by  Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein at what is presumably their first time at Vipassana meditation.(if this doesn't work, click here: Of course it's funny because it's true. But like many things, that truth is only partial.Much of meditation is what you bring to it. If you come neurotic, whiny, and selfish, then your medi … [Read more...]

Toward a (Good) Buddhist Fundamentalism

Stephen Batchelor and John Peacock discuss Buddhism in London, 2012

I thought about calling this post "Is Buddhist Fundamentalism like Christian Fundamentalism?" But after seeing that the bulk of the discussion was clearly on Buddhism, and in fact supporting a sort of "Buddhist Fundamentalism" I thought I'd change the title.I have, on some occasions, been accused of being a "Buddhist Fundamentalist" over the past few years; usually for suggesting such things as the need to get back to the texts and exact meanings of key terms in order to understand the … [Read more...]

Zizek waxes on about Zionism, Sex, Gangnam Style, Justin Bieber, the Pope, and Buddhism

Slavoj Zizek

Žižek, what can I say?He's at it again.Last month Žižek was in Vermont, not far from where the Dalai Lama himself was giving a talk on his latest US tour. His topic: "Buddhism Naturalized" (video below). At least that was the title of the talk. In fact he only talks about Buddhism for about a quarter of the talk. The rest, while interesting, is a bit all over the place.And while he twice notes his appreciation for Buddhism, especially Zen, which he calls the most honest form of Buddh … [Read more...]

Despite Buddhist Beliefs: The world is becoming more peaceful

A graph of wars over the last 500 years.

Buddhism has always held that all phenomena are transitory, including both the teaching of Buddhism as we know it and the world itself. While the Dharma -speaking of the Truth he came to understand - is universal, eternal, and uninfluenced by particular human circumstances, the sāsana, or lineage of teachings handed down for the last 2400+ years, will come to an end.Likewise, Buddhism inherited the cosmology of Proto-Hinduism (Brahmanism), which held that humans today are living in an age of … [Read more...]

A Great Day for Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi and Obama

Follow Aung San Suu Kyi's address to Amnesty International live with Joshua Eaton at!/search/thelady (or that might be!/search/?q=%23thelady&src=hash - I'm not terribly twitter literate)One notable tweet:Joshua Eaton ‏@joshua_eaton Suu Kyi said she finds human rights relativism "very dangerous," thinks nothing in the Universal Declaration is relative. #TheLady This week Burma granted amnesty to the last of its political prisoners, and the … [Read more...]

On Eve of the Olympics, China Rolls out new Tibet Propaganda

Telegraph: Tibet is a better place

Yesterday, England's newspaper The Telegraph (nicknamed the "Tory-graph" after the country's conservative political party to which it caters) ran a piece of pure Chinese propaganda.The piece (one could hardly call it an article) is by Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese ambassador to Britain, and was featured just a day before the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony (tonight). Amazingly, Liu claims that: Today, Tibetan people are masters of the Tibet Autonomous Region. They no longer have to worry about … [Read more...]