Podcast: Ethan on 10% Happier with Dan Harris to Discuss The Dharma of The Princess Bride

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[caption id="attachment_1695" align="alignleft" width="225"] Dan Harris, Ethan Nichtern and The Dharma of The Princess Bride[/caption] So awesome to be on Dan Harris' podcast to discuss the myths we make about relationship, pop culture, Buddhism and meditation in the modern world, and of course, The Dharma of The Princess Bride. Download at this link! And the meditation  skeptic in your should read Dan's book 10% Happier! Remember to pre-order the new book if you like the podcast! Thanks! It will be everywhere Sep 12. Release party in NYC September 19. Get tickets here!

Buddhist Film Critic: Star Wars is All About Family Karma

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So let me start with the tiny bit of bad news that I have about the new Star Wars movie, because it really is pretty tiny, but still worth mentioning: The Star Wars saga has always been weak in two areas. First, galactic politics are never clearly explained. In The Force Awakens, nobody bothers to explain where these good guys or bad guys came from. Very little of the story is given to sketching how the new villains, The “First Order” came about after the Empire was vanquished 30 something years ago in Return of The Jedi. We hear a little about how the new wannabe Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, came over to the dark side, but that’s all we get. We never hear how these awfully mean (and, yes, once again very British) folks took over most of the galaxy yet again. But hey, I can’t really explain the