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Noah Levine’s “A Refuge from Suffering” — Read it now

Taking refuge in the Buddha means taking refuge from our suffering. In his article found in our current, September magazine, Noah Levine uses Buddhist principles and meditation practices to help people take refuge from the terrible suffering of substance abuse. This is the system of working with recovery posited by Noah’s new Refuge Recovery book […]

The Contagion of Goodness: NYC Climate March

Despite a world run amok with rampant greed, hatred and violence, as a Buddhist meditation teacher, I agree with the Buddha's assessment of who we really are. He taught that when our basic nature is unobscured our mind and heart are inherently loving and compassionate. Show More Summary

Laughing Buddha Ice Mold

The Buddha is all about calmness and meditation. So chill. There’s no better way to receive enlightenment than to chill with this Laughing Buddha Ice Mold. Chill your drink and relax. Each mold makes 4 enlightened Buddha ice cubes. This mold is also great for chocolate, candles, and more. Laughing Buddha Ice Mold Laughing Buddha […]

Zen and the art of fighting crime

3 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

Dan Stevenson is neither a Buddhist, nor a follower of any organized religion. Mr. Stevenson, a resident of Oakland's Eastlake neighborhood, purchased a 2-foot Buddha and installed it on a median strip in his neighborhood, near 11th Avenue and 19th Street. Read the rest

If you see the Buddha on 11th Avenue…

Via Chip Johnson of SF Gate comes an especially sweet little story out of Oakland, California: Dan Stevenson is neither a Buddhist nor a follower of any organized religion… The 11th Avenue resident in Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood was simply feeling hopeful in 2009 when he went to an Ace hardware store, purchased a 2-foot-high stone Buddha […]

To Re-Be or Not Re-Be, That is the Question

In 2011, the Chinese government enacted a law that prohibited Tibetan lamas or monks from reincarnating without government approval. The Chinese government wants to have the right to approve reincarnations of living Buddhas or senior religious figures in Tibetan Buddhism. Let’s for a moment forget the ridiculousness to trying to approve who can and who [...]

Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo in Hiraizumi, Japan

Accented by the northernmost Japanese Buddha image, the Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo temple was built over a thousand years ago on the site of a warlord's slave pen. At the beginning of the 9th century, the Heian Court in Kyoto was expanding its territory to the northeast, where it encountered several regional warlords. Show More Summary

The invitation

The discourses of the Buddha and especially Zen sermons act as an invitation, that is, they open the way to spiritual knowledge which is about our primordial self. This invitation is, however, special. Not all are invited because not everyone...

Do locals in this Gansu province village have Roman lineage?

Liqian: where statues of Buddha stand side-by-side with bronzed Roman soldier figures. Legend has it that the townspeople of Zhezhailai in Gansu province are descendants of Roman legionnaires who lived in the ancient Chinese post of Liqian, bringing hoards of tourists to the rural town. [ more › ]

The Buddha Walks Into the Office: Be Who You Want to Be

Lodro Rinzler has a new take on the question every kid is asked: What do you want to be when you grow up? The post The Buddha Walks Into the Office: Be Who You Want to Be appeared first on The Good Men Project.

The Buddha Walks Into the Office: Be Who You Want to Be

When I was seven years old, my first-grade teacher asked everyone to draw what they wanted to be when they grew up. I remember walking around my classroom during parent-teacher night with the room plastered with drawings, learning all about my classmates' long-term aspirations. read more

Buddha's cave

Speaking in Buddhist terms, for those of us who are familiar with Plato's allegory of the cave in his work the Republic (514a–520a), we can think of the Buddha as one who has liberated himself from Plato's cave by seeing...

George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 to be released this month as a box set

George Harrison — the Buddha Beatle, the Sitar Swami, the Dark “Downward Dog” Horse (please feel free to use these) — had a remarkable solo career following the Fab Four split, which is now being repackaged into a newly announced box set titled George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75. Show More Summary

Friday news and notes: 9.5.14

Shootings and fear across South LA. Brown and Kashkari debate. Rancor in OC. Blue whale numbers are back. A new gig for Jon Christensen. Plus Scientology's baby Buddha looks like L. Ron Hubbard and more.

Blogger Puts a Naturally Formed Face of Buddha in Bhutan on the Map

Blogger Passang Tshering, a high school teacher from Wangdue, Bhutan, wrote in his blog on 31 August, 2014, about an image of Lord Buddha's face formed out of natural rock located on the elephant shaped hill on which the famous Wangdue Dzong is built. He posted photos of the site...

Getting to the quest for enlightenment

Most beginners don’t seem to understand (not all of course) that Buddhism, if we follow Siddhartha’s own journey before he awakened and became “Buddha,” was all about awakening to the absolute, the nature of which is unconditioned, unlike the temporal...

For The Benefit Of Mr. Paul

Some rude people are pointing and laughing at brogressive man-crush Senator Aqua Buddha because, once again, too many people ignored the Five Minute Rule and discovered that Aqua Buddha, unlike his pappy, Crazy Uncle Liberty (!), really, really, real...

Aja in Buckhead

AJA - Buckhead ATTENTION ALL MEN: Looking for a special place to take your significant other Aja is the place. As you open the expansive large doors to Aja it becomes a breathtaking experience. A large Buddha is the center of attention when dining at Aja. Show More Summary

Burn After Reading: Here Now, 16 of the More Awesome Art Cars at Burning Man

Like every other year, this year's Burning Man was full of dragons and buddhas and mushroom structures and every other tiresome head-shop trinket made huge and inhabitable. But for every weird skull or enlarged flower petal, there was a...

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