Noted with sadness and fond remembrance: the passing away Monday of experimental composer and opera innovator Robert Ashley at the age of 83. In the 1980?s, Ashley brought a surprisingly hip Midwestern sing-song and gentle good humor to his recitation of the stories and songs of the Tibetan yogi-saint Milarepa in recordings of Eliane Radigue’s […]
On Monday, Larry King’s new Larry King Now interview with the Dalai Lama will be shared on Ora.TV and Hulu. Plenty of serious matters will be covered, but here’s a fun, light outtake. Enjoy. The Dalai Lama’s Sense of Humor: Exclusive… by LarryKingNow
For the fourth in the series of my videos promoting Sharon Salzberg's latest book release, 'Real Happiness At Work', I sit down in my workplace and attempt a conversation with two of my bosses who are having a disagreement. The conversation goes not at all according to plan and I'm not sure anything gets resolved. But I believe we all stayed mostly present. Here's the video:
Perusing a review of a recent performance by Miami’s New World Symphony, I came across this tantalizing biographical tidbit about one of the composers on the program, Giacinto Scelsi (1905-88), who seems to be emerging out of obscurity: “Scelsi (Count D’Alaya Valva), was an eccentric who suffered a mental breakdown and hospitalization from 1949-1952. The […]
At the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco last week, a panel of Google executives speaking about corporate mindfulness was disrupted by protestors who accuse the company of "appropriating the language of counterculture and Buddhism" while asserting corporate privilege to displace residents and take unfair advantage of municipal services. read more
It’s Valentine’s Day when we celebrate all things romantic, a day of candy hearts, chocolates, flowers, love poems and love songs. I thought that since this week we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the arrival on these shores by The Beatles, I would share my favorite Beatles love song. Actually, it was more of [...]
What is V-Day? from V-Day Until the Violence Stops on Vimeo. Inspired by reactions to Eve Ensler’s famous Vagina Monologues, V-Day was established on Valentine’s Day 2008, not as a mere day but a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, [...]
“Let them call me rebel, and welcome; I feel no concern from it. For I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul.” - Thomas Paine Last week while much of the world mourned the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the passing of another actor went virtually unnoticed. [...]
Sharon Salzberg's recommendation to open to what is; be it pleasant or unpleasant, prompts me to use my (cold!) morning walking routine with my dogs to get curious. This is the second in a series of videos promoting Sharon's latest release, "Real Happiness at Work".
I sometimes ask people how often they multitask, whether they feel like they need to do it in order to succeed, and how good they are at it. Not surprisingly, most people say they multitask a lot, that it is necessary for their success, and that they're pretty good at it. As with most of our beliefs about ourselves, however, our beliefs do not match reality. read more
Philip Seymour Hoffman, the marvelous actor who died recently with bags of heroin around him, was interviewed about a year ago by Simon Critchley at the Rubin Museum. The topic was happiness, and it's poignant, almost painful, to listen to now. read more
An invitation to blog in promotion of Sharon Salzberg's latest book release provides an opportunity to investigate my feelings surrounding my own work and what happens when I shift my long-held perceptions.
We visited a land of a thousand songs Every garden many shades of green Still they told us, after peace will come Such colors then as you have never seen. - Pete Seeger, “Land of a Thousand Songs” It’s hard to know where to begin with Pete Seeger. I guess with the end.. [...]
A fine talk on keeping it real & being Mindful while juggling
In this interview with Oprah Winfrey, Thich Nhat Hahn recalls a breakfast meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. He was late arriving, but King kept the food warm for him. Hahn told King that the people of Vietnam regarded him as a bodhisattva, an enlightened being who always works for people with compassion and non-violence. Show More Summary
I’m going to come clean. read more
When you're making a change in attitude or behavior, you can -- as Tina Turner says -- do it nice and easy, or nice and rough. That's true whether you're singing "Proud Mary" or vowing to spend an hour without electronics for Responsible eConsumption month. read more
Mindfulness practice provides opportunity to watch my reactions and try to give space to my son as he shares a painful story.
Since we reported last month about Buddhists’ culpability as end consumers in the illegal ivory trade that is decimating wild African elephant populations, some welcome news has surfaced from China about measures to shut down smuggling and change its citizens’ attitude toward ivory. Yesterday, Chinese authorities staged a widely-reported public demolition of an estimated six [...]
It’s been a hard week, processing the recent deaths of several friends, a mentor, and then Tuesday night, the death of my sister-in-law’s brother from liver cancer, the same disease I have. As the old blues song goes, death don’t have no mercy in this land. Since my mother died 25 years ago, there has [...]