Frolicking around the Buddhist interwebz today, I stumbled upon the very cool new project Radio Buddha. It’s an Internet radio station that streams multi-tradition Buddhist dharma talks, sutras, and prayers 24/7. 24/7! And it’s all free! Right now the line-up is leaning heavily on the Tibetan side, but perhaps as they gather more audio content the schedule will become more well-rounded.
Listening to Radio Buddha might be just what you need after reading about the strange, vaguely Buddhist news coming out of Maine and Indianapolis this week. A 28-year-old Maine father was arrested last weekend while trying to teach his children meditation to help with their ADHD. What a cool Dad, teaching his kids how to meditate…except that he was also burning them with cigarettes “in an attempt to show them pain compliance while meditating.” In Indianapolis, key members of a “violent drug-dealing network” calling themselves, of all things, the Buddha Boyz, have been arrested on drug and firearm possession charges. The article doesn’t mention why they’re named as such—I’m not sure if I even want to know.
I’ve been wondering what’s going to happen to Mitt Romney after losing the election last month. Well, if The Onion‘s new video is to be believed (which of course we know it’s not), he’s hired a $600 million “top tier soul searching team,” which includes “Nepalese holy men” and apparently, some Tibetan Buddhist monks, to “review all departments of the candidate’s life to root out emotional inefficiencies before restructuring Romney for maximum spiritual profitability.” The team also includes “management analysts, poets, and a handful of children who know little but nonetheless possess a kind of wisdom.” Below, Romney chatting with a monk whose head suspiciously resembles Matthieu Ricard’s. Watch the full video at the bottom of this post.
In more serious Buddhist news, National Geographic has called some legitimate attention to the Tibetan self-immolation crisis with a long, thoroughly-researched, and chilling profile of Jamphel Yeshi (Jashi), who self-immolated at a protest in Delhi last March. Because he self-immolated outside of Tibet, his deed remains one of the only self-immolations to be well-documented by photos and journalistic consideration. The Nat Geo article, “Man on Fire,” by Jeffrey Bartholet, covers the day of Jashi’s death in detail:
The full Romney video:
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