"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:
With titles like "Crazy Wisdom," "Mount Meru," and "Skull Bowl," Jeremiah Cymerman's new album of electroacoustic experimentalism displays a clear Tibetan Buddhist influence.
You can listen to and download it online, here.
"Parks and Recreation" fans might have wondered if Rob Lowe was dabbling in Buddhism -- and not just because of the references his P&R character keeps making, like last week when he said he'd raise his child Buddhist, or the story linked to in the comments here -- but this story seems to confirm it, and also suggests that Maria Shriver has turned to the practice too.
...Or, perhaps, it's just gossip. After all, this is the same outlet that reported that Bill Clinton has turned to Buddhist meditation, and, well... that's just not true.
As Jeffrey Kripal's book Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal says, "Wolverine spent some time in Japan as a boy, speaks fluent Japanese, and practices Zazen." We see a little of his background come into his adult life in the trailer for Wolverine's coming new movie -- including some temple-based violence. Here you go, comics geeks...