Thich Nhat Hanh: still stable but “sleeping more deeply and communicating less”

Thich Nhat Hanh - Avalokita chant

Plum Village has put out another update on Thay's health today. It is brief and reproduced in full here: Official AnnouncementRe: Thay’s current conditionPlum Village, 22 November, 2014To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends,The doctors have expressed surprise at Thay’s resilience and stability over the last week, as the intensive treatment continues. Thay’s blood pressure and pulse are stable, he is stil … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh is in hospital and “full recovery may be possible”

Thich Nhat Hanh

See updates at bottom - or, for those who won't make it that far, Plum Village has posted a second official update including the following:In the early morning, Saturday, November 15, Thầy opened his eyes for the first time since his cerebral hemorrhage, to look at his attendants for a brief moment. He was very conscious and attentive to what was happening around him, lifting his left hand to touch the attendant next to him. Since then, he has also opened his eyes several times and his gest … [Read more...]

Harry Dean Stanton on Buddhism, Predestination, Not-self, Einstein, Jung, and Zen

harry dean stanton

I found this today and thought  it was interesting. Nothing too profound. Nothing too new. But interesting as another aspect of Buddhist thought trickling into Western culture.According to Entertainment Weekly, "He is perhaps the greatest character actor alive... A short list of the directors he's worked with includes Alfred Hitchcock, Sam Peckinpah, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, John Carpenter, John Huston, Ridley Scott, David Lynch, and Terry Gilliam. He played a romantic leading m … [Read more...]

Still Breathing Meditation Center seeks support

still breathing meditation center

Based in East Oakland, CA, this center could use your support. They are hoping to raise $20,000 by April 30th and are already 1/4 of the way there.Check out the video above or click here to find out more about the community, the teacher Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, and the space itself. … [Read more...]

Buddhism without Superstition: with Owen Flanagan, Julian Baggini, and Tim Lott

Julian Baggini, Owen Flanagan and Tim Lott

"Is it possible to take an ancient comprehensive philosophy like Buddhism, subtract the hocus pocus, and have a worthwhile philosophy for twenty-first-century scientifically informed secular thinkers?"This was the quote, taken from Owen Flanagan's recent book (see below), which served to open a discussion last Wednesday at Bristol's "Festival of Ideas". The event re-raised the age old question, "Buddhism, is it a religion, philosophy, or way of life?" (I wrote a bit about this topic last … [Read more...]

Sh*t the Buddha Says

If any of you are fans of Buddhism, particularly Zen, and Shit My Dad Says, you should get a little kick out of this "Shit the Buddha Says" video:The video has been floating around for a couple years (with little attention) and the website it advertises, yogadawg.com seems to be defunct (with a 2006-2010 Copyright at the bottom). There is also a blog, which likewise stopped in 2012. It's a shame, because the "Who said it: Birkam or Charlie [Sheen]" is a good sign that the site was ahead of it … [Read more...]

2013 as the Year of Mindfulness: Critics and Defenders

meditation with skeletor

Those who have followed 'mindfulness' in the Western Buddhist world in recent months have noticed a rising debate between those who find it useful on the one hand and those who question it from a variety of perspectives on the other. This all seems to have blown up with the July 1st article by Ron Purser and David Loy in the Huffington Post titled "Beyond McMindfulness." There they wrote: Suddenly mindfulness meditation has become mainstream, making its way into schools, corporations, prisons, … [Read more...]

Rohatsu, Bodhi/Enlightenment Day

Today is the day that Japanese Zen schools celebrate Rohatsu, also known as the Buddha’s enlightenment day (Japanese: Jōdō-e, 成道会). Many Zen Buddhists mark this day often the week leading up to it with diligent practice, as James Ford (from Monkey Mind) did; and here's his post-Rohatsu sesshin post.In the Western Buddhist world, it is probably the second best known Buddhist holiday after Vesak (Pali: Vesākha), which is still celebrated according to the lunar calendar, taking place on the full … [Read more...]


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