What Do Buddhism and Game of Thrones Have in Common? More Than You Might Think.

A tour at the Rubin Museum explores the parallels between the HBO series and Himalayan Buddhist art and history. By Matthew Abrahams Of the millions of viewers expected to watch Game of Thrones when it returns for its final season on April 14, few, if any, will be tuning in because they think it is a particularly Buddhist show. Yet a new tour at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City makes the case that the fantasy series and Buddhism have more in common than we might think. Take, for example, this line spoken by the dragon-riding queen Daenerys Targaryen about the noble … Continue reading What Do Buddhism and Game of Thrones Have in Common? More Than You Might Think.

The Karmic Impact of Mass Incarceration

Morgan Leyenberger Morgan Leyenberger, director of Compassion Works for All, on why she fighting for criminal justice reform in Arkansas. By Wendy Joan Biddlecombe Agsar Morgan Leyenberger had been meditating for a decade and leading a nonprofit organization, Compassion Works for All, that brings meditation and other resources to prison inmates in Arkansas. But it wasn’t until she was watching the execution of a man with whom she had spent the past two days that she truly understood the “karmic impact” of mass incarceration. In the summer of 2017, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson had scheduled eight executions over eleven days (four were ultimately … Continue reading The Karmic Impact of Mass Incarceration

In Brief

  Select wisdom from sources old and new By The Editors HUMOR: THE LESSER-KNOWN BUDDHIST PATH Too long I was told that the spiritual path is dry and intellectual. That wisdom is cold. But I have seen with my own eyes that in the hands of great masters, wisdom is warm and full of humor. It alwaysrecognizes the primacy of relationships. It seeks to create relationships that are warm, uplifting, and funny! It always insists that it is not about me, not about you: it is always, always, always about us. From Falling Is Flying: The Dharma of Facing Adversity, by Ajahn Brahm and Chan Master Guojun, … Continue reading In Brief

Zen All Day

Photo by Kevin Grieve | https://tricy.cl/2CFEQl1 The Won Buddhist practice of “timeless” Zen aims to bring mindfulness into every part of our lives. By Rev. Grace (Sangjin) Song If you ask people what comes to mind when they hear the word meditation, most would say “sitting on a cushion, focusing on the breath.” Even Googling it brings up images of people sitting in a tranquil space with ambient lighting and hands in mudra postures. I lead a meditation group at a local university and asked a group of students the question “What is meditation to you?” and their replies were similar. They regarded … Continue reading Zen All Day

Buddhism and “The Matrix”

BY SAM LITTLEFAIR Twenty years ago this Sunday, The Matrix was released. I went to see it in theatres with my dad (I was in third grade), and it instantly became an all-time favorite. A lot of the movie went over my eight-year-old head, but even so the film’s central concept — that all of humanity exists in a simulation called “the Matrix” — blew my mind. The movie had that effect on a lot of people. Within a few years of its release, a popular theory arose that, statistically, it’s extremely likely that humanity only exists in such a simulation. To … Continue reading Buddhism and “The Matrix”

SHENPA AND THE TIBETAN ART OF NOT GETTING HOOKED

by Azriel ReShel, Uplift Waking Times Shenpa is the Tibetan word for attachment. According to Pema Chödrön, shenpa would better be translated as “something that hooks us”. There are two levels of shenpa, the reaction to a pain that surfaces within us and the escaping of pain that is within us. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, refers to shenpa as the charge behind our thoughts, words and actions, and the charge behind our likes and dislikes. Shenpa is what motivates our habitual patterns and our addictions. Shenpa is also vibrant in the moment when someone puts you down, says something you don’t like, or even makes an innocent remark … Continue reading SHENPA AND THE TIBETAN ART OF NOT GETTING HOOKED

These Are Not “Your” Thoughts

Photo by Caroline Grondin | https://tricy.cl/2HRxpaD Insight meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein explains how to treat consciousness as the object of meditation. By Joseph Goldstein It is important to make thoughts the object of mindfulness. If we remain unaware of thoughts as they arise, it is difficult to develop insight into their impersonal nature and into our own deep-rooted and subtle identification with the thought process. This identification reinforces the illusion of self, of some “one” who is thinking. To meditate upon thoughts is simply to be aware, as thoughts arise, that the mind is thinking, without getting involved in the content: not … Continue reading These Are Not “Your” Thoughts