Macklemore punches Justin Bieber, becomes Buddhist monk

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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 ┬ábecame 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”

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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...]

A request for contributions to “The Little Book of Buddhist Humor”

I'm happy to pass along this request for stories from the great Charles Prebish for an upcoming book he and John Negru are putting together: Dear Colleagues and Friends:John Negru (Karma Yonten Gyatso), publisher of Sumeru Books, and I are collecting a series of anecdotal stories for inclusion in a book we are editing called "The Little Book of Buddhist Humor." In difficult times, we feel that the Buddhist world has the opportunity to contribute to and inject some happy, Buddhist-inspired … [Read more...]


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