Topic: Pop Culture

Time to re-visit “Twin Peaks”?

Twenty five years after it ended, Twin Peaks is returning to television, director David Lynch announced earlier today. Written and directed by David Lynch and Mark Frost, the 1991-92 series followed an FBI investigation, headed by Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer. The show is famous for […]

Female Buddhist deities… as “cute-sexy” anime characters?

According to RocketNews 24 (“Bringing you yesterday’s news from Japan and Asia, today”), Ryohoji temple in Tokyo, which had begun to use “moe girls – cute-sexy adolescent anime characters” to promote itself, has now started to render actual Buddhist deities in the same style, selling its first such statuette on its website. Some might see this […]

Cast your eyes upon the sage, there on his *silver* donut throne

Two years after the appearance of the Homer-Simpson-as-Buddha statuette, the toy is now getting a new release in a silver “Silver Anniversary” edition, marking 25 years of The Simpsons on the airwaves. From the marketing copy: “Meditating with a pretzel in one hand, and a giant donut beneath him, Homer, at long last, has found […]

Don’t miss this: NY Times on Would-be Ambassadors of Shangri-La (Updated)

“Tom Hugo seems to be well-versed in Chinese, and he evidently cares deeply about the Tibetan people,” writes Andrew Jacobs in his excellent piece from Monday’s New York Times. “There’s only one problem with Tom Hugo’s Twitter account.” You’ve probably already guessed what it is. As Jacobs goes on to explain, “Tom Hugo” is just one […]

NY Times: “Panhandlers Dressed as Monks Confound New Yorkers”

Today via the New York Times comes a report on male panhandlers dressed as Buddhist monks, and female panhandlers dressed as Taoist nuns, who’ve become ubiquitous in Times Square: “No one seems to know who they really are or where they come from. The police have taken no official stance, stepping in only when the […]

“Bless this cyber-space with comfort, bliss, and enlightenment” — A “Prayer for Internet Practice”

A “Prayer for Internet Practice” has made its way to the web — with its own Facebook page, naturally. “This prayer,” the page explains, “was requested of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche to help dharma students surf the waves of attraction and distraction on the Internet and turn them to practice.” It’s not the first time Rinpoche has […]

Amnesty Int’l deletes images of Dalai Lama, Iggy Pop from anti-torture campaign, issues apology

Amnesty International’s graphically startling anti-torture campaign we spotlighted last week has backfired a bit. The organization’s Belgian arm manipulated photographs of three celebrities—the Dalai Lama, Iggy Pop, and Karl Lagerfeld—to make it appear as if they had been tortured, then set them over lines they imagined that each might say under such duress. Quite eye-grabbing, […]

Read Brad Warner’s “A Punk Looks at Fifty,” from the July Shambhala Sun, now

Crummy cars, a wall of guitars, and a whole bunch of meditation: sure, it’s not exactly the American Dream, but Brad Warner (rendered here by the legendary comics artist Peter Bagge, in his first Shambhala Sun appearance) is good with that. In “A Punk Looks at Fifty,” Warner, a Zen teacher, a musician, filmmaker, and […]

Listen: “Bodhisattva”, “4 Noble Truths” among surprising tracks on José James’s new album

Singer José James, known as an up-and-comer in the jazz and soul worlds, has not only ventured in eclectic musical directions for his fifth album, While You Were Sleeping (out on Blue Note June 10), but has included two tracks with intriguing titles to the Buddhist observer: “Bodhisattva” and “4 Noble Truths”. Regarding the former, […]

Michael Imperioli crowned cook-off king, gifts winnings to Buddhist charity

Last month, actor Michael Imperioli opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the benefit he’d received over the past couple of years from the advice of Tibetan Buddhist teacher Garchen Rinpoche (see the Sun post here). Now it seems Garchen Rinpoche has been the beneficiary, thanks to Imperioli’s improvisatory panache in the kitchen. Beginning in March, […]

As Twin Peaks madness returns, go “Into the Light with Dale Cooper”

Timing can be a tricky thing if you’re producing a print magazine: knowing about the May release of the Blu-ray box set, Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, we published an appreciation of the show’s hero, Kyle MacLachlan’s Dale Cooper, and his Buddhist predilections, in our May magazine. But then the mag came out, but the […]

And now for something completely different: Tibetan Buddhist monks breakdancing to Beasties

(Or, at least, people dressed as Tibetan Buddhist monks. This video is from Friday’s special event in Union Square, in order to promote the third annual “MCA Day,” which took place on Saturday to honor the memory of Adam Yauch. Click here for more on MCA Day.)

May the Fourth — and Luke Skywalker’s wisdom — be with you

It’s Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth” — get it?) — and to celebrate, we’re sharing an excerpt from Matthew Bortolin’s book, The Dharma of Star Wars. In the book, Bortolin, an ordainee of Thich Nhat Hanh, sorts through the films’ spiritual themes and applies Buddhist teachings to George Lucas’ epics. Bortolin writes in the […]

MCA DAY: The third annual NYC celebration of Adam Yauch happens this weekend

This Saturday, March 3rd, is the third annual MCA DAY, a daylong celebration of the life of the late Beastie Boy and Tibet advocate Adam Yauch featuring music, art, and more; a gathering of Buddhist monks in Union Square today (Friday) will create buzz for the event. Click here to visit MCA Day on Facebook for […]

Michael Imperioli, star of the new film The M Word, talks Buddhism and meditation

In a new interview for Entertainment Weekly, actor/director Michael Imperioli (seen here with Buddhist teacher Garchen Rinpoche), publicizing his new film The M Word, talks about his practice of meditation and Buddhism. Says Michael: “I was going through a very difficult personal issue in my life a couple of years ago, and I spoke to […]