Ex-Goddess Works to Reform 700-Year Tradition. Her M.B.A. Helps.

As a child, Chanira Bajracharya was worshiped in Nepal, but still made time to study. She is now encouraging the girl goddesses who’ve followed her to do the same.

#bajracharya-chanira, #buddhism, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-personal-profile, #education-k-12, #hinduism, #kathmandu-nepal, #nepal, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Coping With Despair

Be the person you want to live with every day of your life.

#anxiety-and-stress, #buddhism, #loneliness, #psychology-and-psychologists

The Lessons of Nothingness From Maverick Zen Monks

Art today is often a parade of the self. The Freer Gallery of Art presents objects by medieval artists who plunge you into the world by removing you from it.

#art, #buddhism, #china, #freer-gallery-of-art, #japan, #meditation, #monasteries-and-monks, #museums, #smithsonian-institution, #washington-dc

On Strawberry Fanta and Other Treats Imbued With Divine Status

Whether because of religion, fad dieting or Instagram, humans have long made food offerings in the hope of connecting with the sublime.

#agriculture-and-farming, #buddhism, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #food, #pilgrimages, #religion-and-belief, #travel2022

Climate Activist Dies After Setting Himself on Fire at Supreme Court

A friend described the actions of Wynn Bruce, of Boulder, Colo., as “a deeply fearless act of compassion to bring attention to climate crisis.”

#buddhism, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #earth-day, #global-warming, #hanh-thich-nhat, #immolation, #monasteries-and-monks, #supreme-court-us

How to Make Friends After a Pandemic — and Why You Should

The more efficient our lives get, the lazier we are about making and keeping friends.

#buddhism, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #friendship, #loneliness, #quarantines, #sociology

Seeking a Father for My Child (Relationship Optional)

Nearing 40, I decided to separate dating from mating.

#artificial-insemination, #buddhism, #dating-and-relationships, #love-emotion

Learning to Listen to the Voices Only You Hear

The novelist and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki draws connections between meditation, writing and the art and practice of listening.

#a-tale-for-the-time-being-book, #books-and-literature, #buddhism, #depression-mental, #mental-health-and-disorders, #ozeki-ruth-l, #the-book-of-form-and-emptiness-book

Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master and Political Reformer, Dies at 95

A monk with global influence and an ally of Martin Luther King, he championed what he called “engaged Buddhism,” applying its principles in pressing for peace.

#buddhism, #deaths-obituaries, #hanh-thich-nhat, #monasteries-and-monks, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #vietnam, #vietnam-war

Seeking Enlightenment, He Disappeared Into a Hiker’s Bermuda Triangle

In “Lost in the Valley of Death,” Harley Rustad follows the long and winding road that led Justin Alexander Shetler to India’s Parvati Valley.

#books-and-literature, #buddhism, #deaths-fatalities, #hikes-and-hiking, #himalayas, #india, #kathmandu-nepal, #lost-in-the-valley-of-death, #rustad-harley, #shetler-justin-alexander

What Unites Buddhism and Psychotherapy? One Therapist Has the Answer.

In “The Zen of Therapy,” Mark Epstein weaves together two ways of understanding how humans can feel more settled in their lives.

#books-and-literature, #buddhism, #epstein-mark-1953, #meditation, #the-zen-of-therapy-uncovering-a-hidden-kindness-in-life-book, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

New Yorkers and the Sacred Spaces in Their Homes

Hundreds of thousands of people in the city have set aside a part of their homes to pray, meditate or give thanks for another day.

#buddhism, #jews-and-judaism, #muslims-and-islam, #new-york-city, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #religion-and-belief, #sikhs-and-sikhism, #voodoo

With Omicron Variant Comes Uncertainty. Here’s How to Handle It.

Experts share techniques to ease the mental toll of an evolving pandemic.

#anxiety-and-stress, #buddhism, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #meditation, #psychology-and-psychologists

Jakucho Setouchi, 99, Dies; Buddhist Priest Wrote of Sex and Love

Her more than 400 novels often drew on her own romantic affairs, and her translation of an 11th-century romantic Japanese classic sold millions of copies.

#books-and-literature, #buddhism, #deaths-obituaries, #japan, #setouchi-jakucho, #tale-of-genji-book, #writing-and-writers

This Thanksgiving, Keep Forgiveness on Hand

As we sit down together during a difficult year, we’d be wise to consider a posture of grace 

#atonement, #buddhism, #compassion, #families-and-family-life, #forgiveness, #grace, #thanksgiving-day, #yom-kippur

Inside the Thai Temple Where Tattoos Come to Life

Wat Bang Phra, a temple in central Thailand, is renowned as a center for sak yant, a style of tattoo art believed by some to convey protective powers.

#buddhism, #monasteries-and-monks, #southeast-asia, #tattoos, #thailand, #travel-and-vacations

This Conversation With Richard Powers Is a Gift

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author asks whether we can reimagine our relationship with the natural world before it’s too late.

#audio-neutral-informative, #books-and-literature, #buddhism, #forests-and-forestry, #nature-ecologyevolution-journal, #powers-richard, #the-overstory-book

An Anxious Person Tries to Be Chill

Spoiler: It doesn’t work (until she stops trying).

#alcohol-abuse, #buddhism, #dating-and-relationships, #love-emotion, #single-persons

Myanmar’s Monks, Leaders of Past Protests, Are Divided Over the Coup

Some senior members of the Buddhist clergy have given their blessing to the generals in power. But hundreds of lower-ranking monks have been jailed for protesting.

#buddhism, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #monasteries-and-monks, #myanmar

‘Fire Monks’ Defend Tassajara Zen Monastery From Wildfire

Eight monks protecting the Buddhist center near Big Sur, Calif., are relying not only on training from professional firefighters but also on their Zen practice.

#big-sur-calif, #buddhism, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #meditation, #monasteries-and-monks, #wildfires

The Way of the Conscientious Objector

A philosophical and moral conversion led this soldier to leave the military. Why don’t more take this path? 

#ali-muhammad, #buddhism, #conscientious-objectors, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #iraq-war-2003-11, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vietnam-war

Surviving in Isolation, Where the Steppe Has Turned to Sand

In the Russian republic of Kalmykia, the encroaching desert has transformed the landscape. “Nature,” one farmer said, “is forcing us to leave.”

#agriculture-and-farming, #buddhism, #deserts, #europe, #immigration-and-emigration, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #russia, #sheep, #travel-and-vacations

Repairing Generations of Trauma, One Lotus Flower at a Time

Buddhists from many cultures and communities gathered to repair the nation’s racial karma. The ceremony was held at a Los Angeles temple that had recently been vandalized in an arson attack.

#asian-americans, #buddhism, #hate-crimes, #los-angeles-calif, #religion-and-belief

Learning How to Heal in the Wake of Anti-Asian Hate

Buddhists from many cultures and communities gathered to repair the nation’s racial karma. The ceremony was held at a Los Angeles temple that had recently been vandalized in an arson attack.

#asian-americans, #buddhism, #hate-crimes, #los-angeles-calif, #religion-and-belief

Trump as You’ve Never Seen Him Before

A furniture maker and decorator in China created a stir — and inspired copycats — by casting a ceramic sculpture of the former president in a meditative pose that evokes the Buddha.

#art, #buddhism, #sculpture, #taobao, #trump-donald-j

Rose Marcario, the Former C.E.O. of Patagonia, Retreats to the Rainforest

Rose Marcario was riding high at the outdoor apparel manufacturer. Her sudden departure was another abrupt turn for perhaps America’s most unconventional company.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #buddhism, #chouinard-yvon, #content-type-personal-profile, #corporate-social-responsibility, #executives-and-management-theory, #fashion-and-apparel, #marcario-rose, #meati-foods-emergy-inc, #patagonia-inc, #rivian-automotive-llc, #shopping-and-retail

The Sovereigns of Thailand and the Skies

Protesters are challenging the monarchy’s legitimacy by co-opting its celestial symbols.

#astrology, #bangkok-thailand, #buddhism, #constitutions, #crown-property-bureau-thailand, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hong-kong, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #politics-and-government, #prayuth-chan-ocha, #royal-families, #thailand, #vajiralongkorn-1952

How to Have a Disagreement Like an Adult, According to Deepak Chopra

The longtime New Age celebrity has a working theory about how we can all get along. Your mileage may vary.

#buddhism, #bullies, #chopra-deepak, #content-type-service, #la-jolla-calif, #meditation, #social-media, #your-feed-selfcare

China Has a New Plan to Tame Tibet

It failed to coax cultural assimilation with economic incentives. Now it’s going for coerced labor and micromanaging people’s very lifestyles.

#agriculture-and-farming, #buddhism, #china, #chinese-language, #communist-party-of-china, #dalai-lama, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #forced-labor, #han-chinese-ethnic-group, #himalayas, #immigration-and-emigration, #immolation, #inner-mongolia, #jamestown-foundation, #jiang-zemin, #labor-and-jobs, #language-and-languages, #lhasa-tibet, #minorities, #nomadic-people, #politics-and-government, #qinghai-province-china, #religion-and-belief, #reuters-group-plc, #sichuan-province-china, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tashi-wangchuk, #tibet, #vocational-training, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

How a Bus Ride Turned Into a Coronavirus Superspreader Event

One-third of passengers aboard a bus were infected by a fellow passenger, scientists reported.

#buddhism, #buses, #china, #chinese-center-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #jama-internal-medicine-journal, #your-feed-science

Family Connection in a Teapot

My Tibetan family has a long history with tea. With many of us still largely sheltering in place because of the Covid-19 epidemic, now is an ideal moment to connect over a cup.

#buddhism, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #darjeeling-india, #families-and-family-life, #grandparents, #himalayas, #quarantines, #tea

A Latter-Day Rip Van Winkle Emerges, Blinking, Into the Post-Virus World

Daniel Thorson went into a silent retreat in mid-March, meditating through 75 coronavirus news cycles, Boris Johnson’s hospitalization, social distancing and sourdough starter. Now he’s catching up.

#buddhism, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #meditation, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #vermont

Follow the Silk Road, Book by Book

Compiled by our contributors, a reading list for recreating the ancient trade route from the comfort of home.

#art, #books-and-literature, #bowles-paul, #buddhism, #chen-kaige, #china, #culture-arts, #delhi-india, #edugyan-esi, #georgia-georgian-republic, #mosse-richard, #movies, #poetry-and-poets, #polo-marco-1254-1324, #silk-road-ancient-trade-route, #taseer-aatish, #thubron-colin, #uzbekistan, #yu-anthony-c

A Poetic Journey Through Western China

For years, Silk Road travelers made the grueling trek past towering mountain ranges and ancient cities now lost to time. Centuries later, one writer attempts to retrace the journey.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #buddhism, #destruction-of-cultural-antiquities-and-heritage, #dunhuang-china, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #immigration-and-emigration, #mogao-caves-china, #poetry-and-poets, #politics-and-government, #wang-wei-701-61-ad, #xian-china, #xinjiang-china

How the Buddha Got His Face

His image is so commonplace that you could believe it must always have existed — yet for six centuries after his death, he was never once depicted in human form.

#buddhism, #monasteries-and-monks, #nomadic-people, #pilgrimages, #religion-and-belief, #silk-road-ancient-trade-route, #varanasi-india

For the Holidays, the Gift of Self-Care

A Buddhist teacher offers five simple steps to quiet your mind and soothe your stress any time of year.

#anxiety-and-stress, #buddhism, #meditation

For Valentine’s Day, Try Being Nice to Yourself

Sending love to others is easy. Being kind to yourself can be surprisingly difficult.

#buddhism, #empathy, #friendship, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychology-and-psychologists