Via Red Bull China comes a lavishly made new video that uses Buddhism's cultural cachet to move those skinny little cans of liquid speed -- while also giving us a glimpse of the monastic mindful life. The question is: while this is quite obviously a promotional video, is that all it is, or does it present some nice points about the dharma? Watch it here.
This is not the first time Red Bull has played the Dharma-Burger card. This is.
Based on his acclaimed semi-biographical/high-fantasy manga series, here comes Osamu Tezuka's "Buddha 2," an anime film scheduled for a February 2014 release. Watch the trailer, which has English subtitles, here.
Don't miss this interview conducted by the great Tanya McGinnity, of the great Full Contact Enlightenment, with Miguel Chen. Miguel is the bassist for pop-punk stalwarts Teenage Bottlerocket, as well as a Buddhist practitioner, and a BDSM enthusiast. (YEP!) He talks about all that here.
As you'll see in this sweatlodge-scene still, it appears that the David Alan Grier judge/father character in the new Tyler Perry film, Peeples, has some sort of pseudo-Buddhist thing going on. You'll also see a Buddha statue in the family's home in the film's trailer.
The film's already being panned left and right, but if any of you see it and see something worth talking about in its Buddhist-dad depiction, leave a comment and let us know.
"Train your brain while you are vacuuming with the first meditation program developed for vacuum cleaning."
You aint gonna believe this if you havent seen it, so here it is: http://www.electrolux.com/cleanyourmind/
(Link opens in new window; bring your own grain of salt.)
More (and I gather this part is extra tongue-in-cheek) here:
"Dark Buddha Rising," New Noise Magazine tells us, "are a Finnish occult psychedelic drone-doom metal group with no biographical information available."
The accompanying band photo features skulls and blood and candles. You know: Buddhist stuff! Here's the band on FB.
The Phuket News tells us today about Saint Young Men, a manga tale (we've talked about it before here on the Horse) which has now evolved into an animated film. As we're told, the artist behind it "portrays Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha, the founders of Christianity and Buddhism, as two cool guys who share an apartment on their trip to Earth. The plot evolves as both characters encounter new challenges in modern society." And some are up in arms about it all -- in Thailand at least -- saying the portrayal of Buddha and Jesus caught up in worldly life is disrespectful.
It's not in English, but here's the trailer.
The film is to be released in early May.
Parisian psychedelic/jam band Domadora has a new album out and it's called Tibetan Monk -- which is also the name of the opening track, a blistering little piece of instro/noise-work. Being that it's instrumental, we have no lyrics to enlighten us about the title choice, but the album can be heard online, here: