By Konchog Norbu “I’m looking California / And feeling Minnesota / So now you know, who gets mystified…” – Soundgarden, “Outshined” Heavily inked, yet sporting the orange robe of a Buddhist monk in the Cambodian tradition, Boo Roth is not hard to spot on the streets of Rochester, MN (pop. 110,000). And now, neither is his artwork. A [...]
A somewhat shocking video recently uploaded to YouTube shows several Buddhist monks wearing flashy aviators and toting Louis Vuitton luggage--not behavior you'd expect from men who have devoted themselves to a religion of asceticism. They're also, of course, traveling by private plane. Show More Summary
Buddhist monks are currently being monitored by Thailand’s Buddhism governing body after several of them were seen using a private jet and other luxury items in a recent YouTube video. Nopparat Benjawatananun, the director-general of the Office of National Buddhism, warned monks from the Thai monastery not to engaged in such behavior again. Khantitham Temple...
Buddhist monks are at the center of a scandal involving private jets and Vuitton luggage
What do you call three Buddhist monks with Louis Vuitton luggage in a private jet? You call them not a joke. That's right?the following video is real, just as real as the cool attitudes and Evian waters of the monks traveling in style, complete with aviator glasses. Show More Summary
A viral video showing Buddhist monks in a private jet, enjoying extravagance like a monogram-print Louis Vuitton tote and stylish sunglasses, has Thailand's Buddhists in uproar over youth, greed, the decline of asceticism. (Who do these monks think they are, Drake?) The director-general of Thailand's Office of National Buddhism has reprimanded ... More »
dawn_1o9, a young Burmese blogger, expresses her disappointment over the reported cases of violence between Buddhists and Muslims in some parts of Myanmar: I'm a Buddhist. I'm a Burmese living in Myanmar. But I just don't have anything against the Muslims living in Myanmar….what makes me a true Buddhist is...
By Konchog Norbu Is Edward Snowden a Buddhist? If one were to read the widely-circulated AP profile on the NSA leaker, one could be led to believe so. In the media scramble to glean meaning about Edward Snowden’s 29-year old life and the possible motives for his actions, reporters have been sniffing along his online [...]
The construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline’s southern leg is underway in Oklahoma and Texas. Depending on your worldview, extracting oil is either a boon for jobs and industry, or it’s the most potent symbol of ecocide within industrial culture. Show More Summary
Buddhism isn't what you do in meditation; that's meditation. Buddhism is how you walk in the world. I heard that phrasing from a teacher at one of the first Buddhist retreats I attended several years ago, and it stuck with me. read ...
The ethnic violence in Myanmar seems to be spreading in nearby countries. Some Myanmar Buddhist migrants in Malaysia have been attacked in recent weeks which many people believe are related to the ongoing ethnic and religious tension in Myanmar. The initial response of the Myanmar government to deny the issue angered many netizens
By Charles M. Sennott Editor-at-Large, The GroundTruth Project YANGON, MYANMAR -- In the shadows of the ancient Buddhist shrine at the Shwedagon Pagoda, they emerged...
(June 5 update: VICTORY! The Peers, as they’re called, in the House of Lords voted in support of marriage equality by 390 to 148 votes, a majority of 242.) Today Britain’s House of Lords is set to debate a bill which would grant equality to same-sex marriages. “The legislation being debated would enact marriage equality in England [...]
For the first time since 1964, the US immigration system could undergo a shift away from a preference to unite families and toward a system that favors foreigners based on their skill and merit. Both houses of Congress are currently debating bills that could make their way to President Obama before August. What would a Buddhist immigration [...]
Taking on the very serious topic of “Why should we meditate” while dressed in a cosmic bunny suit might seem a bit strange and, well, it is. But that’s Brad Warner for you, the man who brings you hard core zen and a slew of books with titles like: Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and [...]
Fifty years ago yesterday, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk named Thich Quang Duc set fire to himself and died in Saigon. The Associated Press photograph of the burning monk was one of the most iconic images of the 20th century. It was published in newspapers and magazines all over the world. Show More Summary
A Buddhist palliative care expert's experience in a U.S. hospital
The leader of the Shaolin Temple, Abbot Shi Yongxin, told a meeting of Buddhists that he believes in the existence of "lots of aliens", according to the Southern Metro Daily. [ more › ]
There are currently two anattâ (no self) doctrines circulating in modern Buddhism trying to win the hearts and minds of Buddhists. There is one being circulated by the Theravadins who essentially believe there is no self at all which in...
Today Wesley and I went over to the Saxapahaw Artists Gallery so she could photograph some of the preparations for the Sacred Arts Tour with the Tibetan Buddhist Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery. The monks will be sharing the cultural traditions of Tibet and each day this week and they will be constructing a sand mandala for public viewing. Show More Summary