legos and rebirth

xkcd lego

Hello all. I have returned from my travels to annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in the beautiful city of Montréal, Canada, a little wiser, a little more burdened with books, and a little older (I celebrated a birthday while there). I have very intention of writing a much longer post on some thoughts I’ve been having in regards to my chosen career path, but those will have to wait. Suffice it to say, there are 69 unread emails in my inbox right now (and not all of them are Facebook notifications!) so I should probably dig myself out of my out-of-office hole first, before I do anything else.

But, in lieu of a more formal post, I wanted to share the above XKCD comic with you. The Buddhists in the audience will get the reference almost immediately.

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from the archives

A couple of interesting bits from the Internets have found their way on to the ol’ desktop today. First up is an article from a 1962 issue of Time magazine celebrating the 70th anniversary of Buddhism in America. You do the math. The second, along with my thoughts on the nature of consciousness, is the conversation between Stephen Batchelor and Robert Thurman about reincarnation, brought to you by Tricycle.

buddha boy

So. The Buddha Boy is back.

An interesting little piece has been making the Buddhist-news rounds this week about a teenager named Ram Bahadur Bamjan in southern Nepal who has apparently been sitting around in mediation, not eating or drinking water or even sleeping, for years on end. I guess he said he was going to be in mediation for a lot longer, but decided to come out of the jungle this week to address his followers.

They say he’s the reincarnation of the Buddha.

cheese

Last night, Dana and I had a hankering (that’s right, I said hankering) for one of our favorite dinners: bread and wine and cheese. (It’s not unhealthy; it’s European!) So off to Whole Food I went. The woman who rang me up didn’t charge me for the cheese. I realized this as soon as I walked away from her register, before I’d left the store. For a second, I thought about just taking off.