Hey, M.I.A.’s new single looks like a mandala

Yes, it does. And I think it’s safe to say that’s clearly intentional. But that’s not reason enough to check it out. 

The fact that it’s M.I.A. is reason enough. And, it’s streaming for free, so what the heck.

NJ sells its lottery with Double Dharma-Burger allure

Thanks to the ever-eagle-eyed Sam DeWitt for pointing out this New Jersey Lottery commercial, which makes odd references to both Tibet and a “Zen guru” — whatever that is:

Dharma-Burger! First there was “Karma Chameleon”…

…now there’s “Dharma Protocol.” That’s the name under which Boy George is releasing new music. The first single doesn’t reference a Buddhist concept, though. It’s called “Jesus Loves You.” Story here.

Of “Zombies & Zen”

The Buddhism-and-Zombies crossover is nothing new. (See, for example, here, and here.) But at Philosophy Now, they’ve taken things to a whole new level. See Konchog Norbu’s excellent and fun commentary about it Shambhala SunSpace, here.

Dharma-Burger! Nike’s new “Zen” sneaker

This new shoe, Nike tells us, was “inspired by the practice of meditation and the concept of Zen….  Almost every part of the shoe reflects an aspect of a tranquil Zen garden: a modified Waffle outsole made to look like stepping stones, an insole that mirrors a raked rock garden, and slightly different midsole side lengths-a juxtaposition of seriousness and playfulness.”

Perhaps Nike will also take further inspiration from Buddhism-confluent lines and do what it can to halt its involvement in the propagation of suffering.

Dharma-Burger! Selling Red Bull with “Buddhism and Badminton” (video)

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.

Tyler Perry’s Buddhist dad (A very disingenuous headline but I couldn’t think of anything better)

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.

Electrolux wants to “Clean Your Mind”

“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:

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