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singing bowls and solar panels

The Shape Of A Buddhist Singing Bowl Has Inspired A More Efficient Solar Panel by Chris Pash, Business Insider Australia,...

Like Thangkas You Can Hear: Buddhism & the Metal Underground

“Buddhist Metal.” That’s… a thing? Yes, it is. And it runs the gamut. Some of it’s artier, some’s goofier, some’s pure expression, some of it is capable of conveying real dharma — if we’re willing to listen. Of course, it can be heavy, hectic, screamy music, so it’s understandable why many may not be so willing. But there are rewards. Like a Buddhist […]

Lessons in Mindful Parenting from George Costanza

8 hours agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

My daughter screams as she sits atop the frog and directs the spray from the outdoor fountain read more

Noah Levine: “Practice Is Politics”

Noah Levine — Buddhist teacher and frequent Shambhala Sun contributor (his latest, “A Refuge from Addiction,” can be found in our current issue) — on why our Buddhist practice can be seen as a form of engaged rebellion. Buddhist practice is a political action. Training one’s mind, heart and actions in wisdom and compassion is […]

Spiritual bodies

18 hours agoReligion / Buddhism : The Zennist

Those new to Buddhism, and even old veterans, are under the assumption that the Buddha or Tathagata was with a human form. Some might even envision some old guy walking around India named “Buddha” but this is taking things too...

Is there such a thing as “Good Failure”? Yes!

You may fail to change the system, but what if you’ve made life a little kinder or more beautiful? In her Shambhala Sun article, “Good Failure,” activist Courtney E. Martin writes, refreshingly, about reclaiming failure as the mark of a dream worth having. “There are many disappointments in the life of a dedicated activist—so many […]

I'm an Ego Maniac

“Only a person who is congenitally self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays.” - E.B. White read more

The end of faith

The problem that all those who are new to Buddhism face is how does one go from faith in the teachings of the Buddha to direct personal knowledge (paccattam yeva ñânam) of the absolute (i.e., the unconditioned) which is not...

Dharma Connect: This Mortal Kangaroo gets Tricky How High

2 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

I find a cherished mix from '07 & awaken from a full nights rest only to realize while stirring some eggs that I have a teacup of coffee waiting to be sipped. I choose to take my vitamins at a later time & simply make my way to the lighter...Show More Summary

Victor Chan, friend of the Dalai Lama, and featured TedX speaker, takes you to the Dalai Lama’s home

It’s just been announced that Victor Chan — founder of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and a co-author and good friend to His Holiness himself — will be one of TedX Vancouver’s first three speakers this year. (See TedX’s announcement, here.) Our congrats to him, and to TedX, too, for such a […]

teaching mindfulness to teenagers

School and university terms will be starting soon. There are many challenges for people of all ages throughout life. For...

the heart of zen therapy

Here's Dharmavidya on the course he has been teaching in Korea: Day One: Qwan Shi Yin practises deeply Introductory remarks...

How Buddhist singing bowls light the way for better solar panels

Via Business Insider Australia: “Niraj Lal, of the Australian National University, found during his PhD at the University of Cambridge, that small nano-sized versions of Buddhist singing bowls resonate with light in the same way as they do with sound. He’s applied this shape to solar cells to increase their ability to capture more light […]

Eyes wide open! It’s time for our latest “Seeing Fresh” contemplative photo

From author and contemplative photographer Andy Karr comes the latest “Seeing Fresh” contemplative photo of the week, submitted by Marc Flament. Andy’s comment: “It’s amazing what you can find reflected in the water if you open your eyes wide enough. It’s a nice example of fresh seeing.” (Click the photo to see a larger version.) Contemplative photography […]

Loving-Kindness Supports the World

A Thai monk I know once taught me the phrase lokopatthambhika metta or “loving-kindness supports the world.” But how? It is difficult to imagine, for the world seems supported, or certainly permeated, by darkness, evil, hatred, violence. You might think it must be a optimist/pessimist kind of thing, you know, where the glass is either [...]

Too many skeptics?

The Buddha criticized skeptics or ajñâninah who were those who believed not knowing is best if not the suspension of the effort to know. This implies that perhaps there is no one intelligent enough, or one who is an authority,...

Invitation to the People's Climate March, Sept. 21

2 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

Earlier this month, I wrote about why you might choose to take your meditation practice off the cushion and into the streets this coming September for the historic People's Climate March march to address climate change. Now, with the...Show More Summary

Check out The Melanthium Band, featuring the piano stylings of Zen teacher Lewis Richmond

The work of Lewis Richmond has been featured a number of times here, but now we’re looking at a different kind of work from the author and Zen teacher. “I have recently become part of a new music group called The Melanthium Band,” he writes. “Many people who know my books and teaching may not […]

A different kind of zero

The film, The Zero Theorem (2013) which was directed by Terry Gilliam is for me a Buddhist film. The main character Qohen is asked by management to solve the "Zero Theorem" which management hopes will prove that life is essentially....

Is Buddhism like a western religion?

If the "essence of religion" turns out to be indistinguishable from morality or moral perfectionism then Buddhism, including its Zen sect, cannot be put under the rubric of religion—Wester religion that is. As the dictionary defines it, such a religion...

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