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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Zen in America, a Documentary – an interview with Adam Kō Shin Tebbe

Zen in America Documentary

Adam Kō Shin Tebbe is creating the documentary film Zen in America. My friend and fellow Patheos Blogger Danny Fisher discussed the documentary in a recent post at the start of Adam's fundraising campaign on Kickstarter. Now over 90% funded, I recently took the opportunity to ask some questions of my own. Have a look at Danny and Adam's conversation (here) to read more about Adam's work, past and future. And with that, we'll dive in...   JW: So you are making a documentary about … [Read more...]

Review: The Buddha in the Classroom

buddha in the classroom

Subtitled: "Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers," this is a book filled with much more than just "Zen" wisdom and it will surely inspire pretty much anyone who reads it. The first recipient of a 5 Star rating on this blog, this book is guaranteed to find a place amongst my 'must read and re-read' favorites on my bookshelf. (If she managed to add great photos, like David Bognar's lovely book, I'd have to create a sixth star.) To be fair, some of my appreciation for the book is purely selfish: the … [Read more...]


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