New Talks by Ethan on the Shambhala Podcast

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Hey friends, my latest free recorded podcast talk from a few months back, "What is Enlightened Society?" was just posted on the podcast of Shambhala NYC. A few other talks are also available at the main link. For a more in-depth online study experience, I am looking forward to teaching a six week course with two Buddhist psychologists in a few weeks, "Spiritual Awakening NOT Spiritual Bypassing" at the Interdependence Project. Should be a really awesome course, with a really great group. Glad we can make this stuff available online, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to find sangha in person. Enjoy! (Follow Ethan on Twitter and Facebook)

Cloud Atlas Demystified Interview – AKA The Most Fun I’ve Had Being Interviewed in a Long Time

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(Follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter, Check out his books) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell is one of my favorite novels, and is released this Friday as a major motion picture. While I have my doubts about the movie (there is no perfect adaptation), I had the awesome opportunity to be interviewed about the book for this short documentary. It was the most fun interview I've had this year. Here is the documentary. Enjoy:

Captain America is Buddhist. But Who’s The Most Buddhist Superhero?

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(Follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) A few thought from the lighter side of everything… Apparent, Captain America is Buddhist. I saw The Avengers this week, which was about the best of what could be expected. Fluffy, superficial, and well-executed. The script writer in particular should be commended for taking multiple storylines that have absolute nothing to do with each other and somehow weaving them into a coherent and fun movie. It’s like an episode of the cooking show Iron Chef where the secret ingredients for each dish are Sea Urchin, Pickles, Limburger Cheese, Peach Sorbet, and Sriracha sauce. It was also possibly the most masculinized movie of all time (maximum SMASH, minimum Space), for which it should win some kind of Tantric Oscar.  (more…)

Every Muppet Needs To Go On Retreat!

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(Follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) OK, It's been a full year so far. The new book took a lot of work. Teaching is always a pleasure. It's been draining and exciting. Now I'm taking Kermit's lead and taking the next 9 days to deepen my practice. Partially, I have to, since I have certain practice requirements to attend annual group retreat with my teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche each year. As I discussed last night, having a teacher is a great thing, because they keep you honest and accountable for your practice. Partly, I want to go. My schedule will consist of two long meditation sessions each day, some shorter ones, a yoga practice, and reading. I will be leaving the social network behind. Retreat, especially a solitary one, is an amazing practice of self-care. I can't wait. Of course, if you haven't done a group intensive retreat, I'd start