Geek Meditation Session, Illustration/Cartoon by The Joy of Tech -a comic about technology and pop culture, created by Nitrozac and Snaggy, 2007.
Geek Meditation Session, Illustration/Cartoon by The Joy of Tech -a comic about technology and pop culture, created by Nitrozac and Snaggy, 2007.
Dalai Lama, From Transforming the Mind: Teachings on Generating Compassion, 2003
His Holiness the Dalai Lama -who serves as both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet, will lead the Change Your Mind, Change the World 2013 Conference which discusses how neuroscience, environments, economics, and health care can combine to make the world a healthier, happier place. It will feature two panel discussions between His Holiness and leaders from fields including neuroscience, economics, and sustainability. Journalist and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, and psychologist Daniel Goleman will moderate the discussions. Other panelists include Buddhist monk Mathieu Ricard, neuroscientist Richard Davidson, economist Lord Richard Layard, and health leaders Jonathan Patz, Don Berwick, and Ilona Kickbusch. Organizers say the Dalai Lama will respond to the insights of these “thought leaders” and add his own views on how to continue to promote these ideas in the world.
“Change Your Mind, Change the World” conference will take place 15 May, 2013 at the Overture Center for the Arts, in Madison, Wisconsin. A limited number of tickets will be available pre-sale prior to the public offering. For a chance to purchase tickets early, or for more information about the event & general ticket sales visit here. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 1st.
Featuring 3-days of live event content including informative Keynote Addresses, power packed TED-style talks, and provocative roundtable discussions, as well as community-led unplugged sessions, the Buddhist Geeks Conference is one of the only events on the planet where you can participate at the intersection of Buddhism, technology, and emerging global culture. A place “Where Dharma and Technology Meet.”
How do we integrate the heart principle with our technologies? In this video clip taken from the Buddhist Geeks Conference 2011, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche –a Buddhist teacher and an advocate of Western Buddhism– explores the intention of digital dharma.
This year speakers will include Buddhist Teacher Reggie Ray, Zen Peacekeeper Marianne Elliott, Contemplative Scientist Rick Hanson, Kate Johnson from the Interdependence Project, Buddhist Geek Vincent Horn, Hatha Yoga Master Sofia Diaz, Author/Meditation Teacher Lodro Rinzler, the president of Pixar, as well as folks from Apple, and Pablo Das from the Dharma Punx community, -Pablo is a Buddhist-inspired indie-folk musician who tours nationally and can be found transforming Buddhist chants into indie rock hits. Live talks, Unplugged Sessions, #openpractice, and Roundtables, and new features too including a Buddhist Geeks Dialogue and Reception, rounds out the third-annual Buddhist Geeks Conference which will take place August 16th – 18th, 2013 in beautiful Boulder, Colorado at the University Memorial Center.
For more information and registration see Buddhist Geeks
A favorite illustration/text/page from Remember, Be Here Now by Ram Dass, 1971.
Consciousness and love –the confluence of these qualities represents the highest aspiration for humanity. A new film, Cultivating Loving Awareness, explores the path to realizing loving awareness and the path to the true self with four insightful teachers: Ram Dass, Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg and Mirabai Bush.
A special screening of Cultivating Loving Awareness and a live video chat with Ram Dass and Krishna Das will take place on 13 November at 7:30 pm EST. On November 14th, downloads of the film will be available.
This is a free online event. Info & Registration here: Cultivating Loving Awareness
Ram Dass (AKA Richard Alpert) is an American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of the seminal book Be Here Now (1971). He is known for his personal and professional associations with Timothy Leary at Harvard University in the early 1960s, for his travels to India and his relationship with the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba, and for founding the charitable organizations Seva Foundation and Hanuman Foundation.
Anne Waldman, 2012
Naropa University (my alma mater) and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, CO, recently announced that one of the most conscientious and commanding writers today, Anne Waldman, Distinguished Professor of Poetics, and Artistic Director, Summer Writing Program, co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, has been awarded the PEN Center USA 2012 Literary Award for Poetry for The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press, 2011). In a review of The Iovis Trilogy, Publishers Weekly wrote, “Waldman has in four decades of books and events stayed strange, a charismatic outsider, even as her long career has gathered respect.”
As writer, editor, teacher, performer, magpie scholar, infra-structure curator, and cultural/political activist Waldman helped to create and nurture the “Outrider” experimental poetry community. A prominent figure in the beat poetry generation, Waldman says she remains “a highly original ‘open field investigator’ of consciousness, and is committed to the possibilities of radical shifts of language and states of mind to create new modal structures and montages of attention.”
In addition to The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, she has published more than forty books of poetry, including Manatee/Humanity (Penguin, 2009), and Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble (Penguin, 2004). Soldatesque/Soldiering (Blaze [Vox] 2012) and the forthcoming Gossamurmur (Penguin Poets, 2013). CRY STALL GAZE, a folded “scroll” collaboration with painter Pat Steir is being produced by the Brodsky Center at Rutgers University in 2013. Her poetry has garnered numerous awards, including The Dylan Thomas Memorial Award, The Poets Foundation Award, The National Literary Anthology Award, and The Shelley Memorial Award for poetry. And she is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Waldman has presented her work at conferences and festivals around the world, most recently in Beijing, Berlin, Nicaragua, Prague, Kerala, Mumbai, Calcutta, Marrakech, and Madrid. At Naropa, Waldman works to preserve the school’s substantial literary and oral archives. She has edited and co-edited many collections based on the holdings of the Kerouac School including, Civil Disobediences (Coffee House Press, 2004) and Beats at Naropa (Coffee House Press, 2009).
PEN Center USA strives to protect the rights of writers around the world, to stimulate interest in the written word, and to foster a vital literary community among the diverse writers living in the western states.
The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics was founded in 1974 by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. The School is comprised of the Core Writing Seminars, a BA in Writing and Literature, an MFA in Writing and Poetics, a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, and the internationally renowned Summer Writing Program.
The Jack Kerouac School emphasizes innovative approaches to the literary arts. Offering programs that problematize genre while cultivating contemplative and experimental writing practices. Each year, over 60 guest writers and artists are invited, including the Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow and the Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecturer in Innovative Poetics. This distinguishing feature fosters an intensely creative environment for students to develop their writing projects in conversation with a community of writers.
Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology and religious studies.
P. B. Law, Buddhist Humor Cartoonist and Writer, © P. B. Law
Contemporary Western psychology is substantiating and expanding on the wisdom and compassion of 2,500 year-old Buddhist practices to reveal the inherent capacity for love and lasting happiness within each of us. And two of the West’s most prominent teachers/writers of Buddhist psychology -Jack Kornfield and Mark Epstein- will be in New York this September at the Society For Ethical Culture hosting an exclusive 2-day program Mindfulness, Freedom & Love, to explore the life-changing power, practice, and psychology of mindfulness, inner freedom, and love.
During this program, open to both new and seasoned practitioners, participants will experience teachings, healing stories, case studies, and informative talks on the latest mindfulness research, along with a variety of meditations and experiential trainings in mindful awareness. They will also discuss the rich tradition of ancient Buddhist practices, the modern art and science of healing, and the transformative potential of mindful awareness to promote extraordinary well-being and inner freedom.
See the Omega for more information and registration.
Jack Kornfield, PhD was trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India. He is a clinical psychologist, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, and founder of Spirit Rock Center in California. His books include Bringing Home the Dharma; The Wise Heart; A Path With Heart; A Lamp in the Darkness; and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry.
Mark Epstein, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and a clinical assistant professor of psychology at New York University. A practitioner of Buddhism for more than 30 years, he is the author of Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart; Going on Being; Thoughts Without a Thinker; Open to Desire; and Psychotherapy Without a Self.
“I truly believe compassion provides the basis of human survival, the real value of life, without that there is a basic piece missing. We cannot be happy ourselves without thinking about the happiness of others.” ~His Holiness, the Dalai Lama
This month the Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) will present “The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures and Interventions”, the first large-scale international conference of its kind dedicated to study of compassion at the Telluride Institute.
Focusing on the basic science of compassion, approaches and the benefits compassion can afford to health, well-being and psychosocial function, top researchers and clinicians will meet to exchange ideas and information, to test conceptual consensus and to forge collaborative alliances. The conference will also survey existing compassion-focused structured after mindfulness-based interventions for stress reduction or loving-kindness. The conference will work to catalyze more powerful multisite research on the nature of compassion as well as the translational utility of compassion science to public health.
On July 18th and 19th, preceding the Science of Compassion, the Telluride Institute will present the Compassion Festival to explore how we can increase compassionate interaction in our regional communities. This portion of the event will feature talks by Native American leaders and others wisdom representatives from around the globe. See the Compassion Festival Website for information.
CCARE was established at Stanford University within the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Research at the School of Medicine to support and conduct rigorous scientific studies of compassion and altruistic behavior. Drawing from several disciplines including neuroscience, psychology, economics and contemplative traditions, research at CCARE also examines methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society-wide.
Steven Nederveen, Deer of Compassion, Mixed Media, 42.68 x 42.68 in, 2012, Courtesy Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, © Steven Nederveen
Canadian artist Steven Nederveen’s beautiful mixed media pieces are meditations on spiritualism and the natural world. For this most recent body of work, on view now at the Bau-Xi Gallery in Toronto, Canada, Nederveen was inspired by the concept of “Half Light”, a term pulled from William Butler Yeats’ poem ‘Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.’ Nederveen’s style is very much influenced by Japanese aestheticism, captured by the Japanese term Wabi Sabi. It suggests a transient, ephemeral beauty. His work not only celebrates the cycles of nature – its existence as well as its inevitable decay – but also depicts a otherworldliness of what lies beyond the canvas and indeed beyond nature itself. Nederveen sets up an aesthetic exchange between what is natural and what is imposed. His painterly interventions on photographs accentuate their beauty and move the viewer into the transpersonal realm. Through technique the lines between photography and painting, realism and mysticism are subsequently left undefined.
Steven Nederveen, Ophelia, Mixed Media, 36.4 x 73.2 in, 2008, Courtesy Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, © Steven Nederveen
Steven Nederveen, Sun Spots, Mixed Media, 30 x 30 in, 2008, Courtesy Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, Steven Nederveen
Steven Nederveen, Summers on the Beach, Mixed Media, 17.5 x 17.5 in, 2012, Courtesy Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, © Steven Nederveen
Steven Nederveen, Insatiable Hunger, Mixed Media, 60.96 x 30.48 in, 2012, Courtesy Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, © Steven Nederveen
Steven Nederveen received a Bachelor of Design from the University of Alberta, Canada in 1995. His work has been shown extensively in international exhibitions, art fairs and publications, and occupies a place within many private collections. Nederveen’s own practice of meditation is very influential towards his art and the space created within the work itself.
Nederveen currently lives and works in London, and is represented by Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London and New York.
Tibet House‘s 22nd Annual Benefit Concert will take place tomorrow night 13 February, 2012, at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Since 1989, Tibet House has held an Annual Benefit Concert and Dinner Party celebrating the Tibetan New Year, which has been held at legendary Carnegie Hall since 1993. Composer Philip Glass, Vice President of Tibet House serves as the concert’s artistic director and curator. This year, he’ll be joined by Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Antony, Stephin Merritt, Dechen Shak-Dagsay, Rahzel, James Blake and others. Proceeds benefit the Tibet House US, a 7,000-square foot cultural center in New York that includes gallery space, a Tibetan Buddhist shrine, photographic archives and a library with over 1,000 volumes.
Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson
The consistently sold-out concert always features up and coming musicians and world artists, together with some of the music industry’s biggest legends (past benefit concerts have included Michael Stipe, Ben Harper, Patti Smith, Philip Glass and Ray Davies), famous for the more or less spontaneous and memorable onstage collaborations (Philip Glass and Flaming Lips image comes to mind). The concert and dinner party have become an anticipated annual event in New York City. And this year doesn’t disappoint, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson and the talented newcomer James Blake, arguably three of my favorite musicians/artists, in the same concert -amazing. Great performers performing for a great cause. Doesn’t get better than this.
James Blake, The Wilhelm Scream, 2011
Tibet House has long been the preeminent institution dedicated to preserving Tibet’s rich cultural, artistic, and spiritual traditions. Dedicated to the proposition that the wisdom and arts of all human civilizations vitally enrich the emerging global culture, Tibet House has a special concern for Tibet, its people, its spectacular highlands, and its civilization of extraordinary wisdom and beauty. It is part of a worldwide network of Tibetan institutions committed to ensuring that the light of the Tibetan spirit never disappears from the face of the earth.
Egor Kraft, Public Poster Project, 2008.
Hopefully we’re well on our way to discovering this. If not, apparently it begins with the letter “t”, that’s a start…
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
“Being in his presence was like being suddenly aware of an oncoming truck: it put every cell in your brain SMACK! into the present moment. And in that moment you could be outraged, moved to tears or intellectually inspired… or all at once.” – filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas
Chögyam Trungpa fled the invasion of Tibet, studied at Oxford, and shattered Westerners’ notions of how an enlightened teacher should behave, and became a pivotal figure in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Allen Ginsberg made him his guru. Joni Mitchell wrote a song about him. It was 1970 and he was the first Tibetan lama most Americans had ever seen. Yet he openly drank, and carried on intimate relationships with his students. Was this how an enlightened teacher should behave? Crazy Wisdom, the long-awaited feature documentary to explore the life, teachings, and ‘crazy wisdom’ of Chögyam Trungpa recently premiered Nationally, with exclusive never-before-seen archival material and commentary from his inner circle. Called a genius, rascal, and social visionary; ‘one of the greatest spiritual teachers of the 20th century,’ and ‘the bad boy of Buddhism,’ Trungpa defied categorization.
Official trailer for the documentary “Crazy Wisdom” by filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas, 2011
Director Johanna Demetrakas uses archival footage, animation, interviews, and original imagery to build a film that mirrors Trungpa’s challenging energy and invites viewers to go beyond fixed ideas about our teachers and leaders. The material Demetrakas works with most skillfully is Rinpoche’s transformation from a young monk to a realized master who looked like an ordinary guy from the seventies (a cigarette-smoking, saki-drinking, multiple-lady-loving man in jeans and a tie-dyed T-shirt), and then from a seemingly somewhat ordinary seventies guy to an eighties man who wore elaborate military uniforms and often seemed drunk -and, to an outside observer, perhaps a little nuts. This is the real heart of the film, where several of Trungpa Rinpoche’s family, friends, lovers, and close students -including Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Pema Chödrön, Ram Dass, and Rinpoche’s wife, Diana Mukpo -are interviewed and talk about their firsthand experiences of Rinpoche. Crazy Wisdom looks at the man and the myths about him, and attempts to set the record straight.
These interviews, illustrated with old photographs and film footage and voiceovers of Rinpoche speaking, are not only biographical; each interview is a teaching in itself -a pith instruction passed from Trungpa Rinpoche to his student and now to us. Though we won’t become enlightened listening to these funny, scary, and mind-stopping instructional tales, we will definitely know where to begin -with meditation and a necessary awareness of our own basic goodness and self-delusion.
For more information about the film and screening dates visit: CrazyWisdomTheMovie.com
The ancient teachings and practical instructions that Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche brought with him found an eager audience in the America of the 1970s, a decade during which he traveled nearly constantly throughout North America, published six books, and established three meditation centers and a contemplative university (Naropa University). Trungpa became renowned for translating ancient Buddhist concepts into language and ideas that Westerners could understand. Humor was always a part of his teaching – “Enlightenment is better than Disneyland,” he quipped, and he warned of the dangers of the “Western spiritual supermarket.”
Founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, Naropa University is the first of its kind as a Buddhist-inspired university in North America that integrates ancient traditions of wisdom into the curriculum of modern education. Since its inception, Naropa has been dedicated to contemplative education in which awareness of thought processes, sense perceptions and emotions are integrated into the study of specific disciplines.
Monks creating a sand mandala, © American Museum of Natural History 2010
In celebration of their new exhibit “Body and Spirit: Tibetan Medical Paintings” the American Museum of Natural History will be hosting a six-day festival, with opening ceremonies on Tuesday, January 25. An exhibition of 64 Tibetan medical paintings (also known as tangkas) from the American Museum of Natural History’s collection will be on view for the first time in a museum exhibition (through July 17, 2011), these hand-painted reproductions of traditional scroll paintings provide a unique and rich illustrated history of early medical knowledge and procedures in Tibet, and are believed to be among only a handful of such sets in existence.
The festival, entitled “Global Weekends: Brain and the Tibetan Creative Mind” will engage visitors in activities that promote Tibetan culture. Highlights of the festival include monastic dances, sand mandalas, meditation, and other Buddhist practices. From Tuesday through Sunday, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Kachen Lobzang Tsetan and monks will join in the festivities, leading meditation sessions, performing a traditional cham dance, and discussing their Tibetan culture and traditions. A great opportunity to learn the stories of the eight wise Medical Buddhas, the wrathful Dharma protectors, traditional hand gestures (mudras), and the devotional creation of intricate sand mandalas.
The festival is also presented in conjunction with the museum’s interesting and well-promoted exhibition “Brain: The Inside Story” Through the multiple interactive events and exhibits presented, visitors are able to explore the connections between art, science and the brain. The major themes running behind the week-long celebration focus on brain research, neuroscience, and the effects of meditation on the brain. Featured speakers include Richard J. Davidson, director of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Joseph Loizzo, director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.