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:

Ryan Vanderhoof, formerly of Akron/Family, talks Buddhism and new music

The clearly Buddhist-influenced cover for Akron/Family’s 2006 album, Meek Warrior.

In a new interview with the Auburn Citizen, Ryan Vanderhoof, formerly of the excellent band Akron/Family, talks about his new music and his Buddhist practice.

Check it here.

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.

Watch a 10-minute trailer for Osamu Tezuka’s “Buddha 2″

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.

Full Contact Enlightenment talks Buddhism, BDSM with Miguel Chen of Teenage Bottlerocket

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.

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