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Calendar, Night&Day That Which Doesn’t Kill Me ...

That Which Doesn’t Kill Me ...

Grudges suck. No matter who you are or what you’ve accomplished, they can overshadow it by reducing you to a petty, jealous buffoon. Take Michael Jordan. The most gifted basketball player the game will ever know spent his NBA Hall…
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Calendar, Night&Day Enlightened Humor

Enlightened Humor

Q: What did the Buddhist say to the hot-dog vendor? A: Make me one with everything. Say what you will about the quality of the joke, but it does point to a certain quality of the religion — the practice…
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News, The Snitch Bay Area Tibetans Protest Chinese Rule on 50th Anniversary of Failed Uprising

Bay Area Tibetans Protest Chinese Rule on 50th Anniversary of Failed Uprising

Explaining their nationality puts Richmond residents Tenzin Youdon and Tenzin Wangchuk in an awkward position. Their ethnicity isn't in doubt: Both are proud Tibetans, descendants of refugees who fled the vise grip of the Chinese government half a century…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dalai Lama Renaissance

Dalai Lama Renaissance

Khashyar Darvich's documentary records an intellectual retreat held at the Tibetan spiritual leader’s compound in northern India several years ago. Forty Westerners trying to achieve consensus on the vague, never-really-explained concept of “synthesis” sounds like a recipe for chaos, and…
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News, Sucka Free City We score an exclusive interview with the Olympic torch

We score an exclusive interview with the Olympic torch

While thousands of San Franciscans were disappointed to miss the Olympic torch relay last week, SF Weekly managed to catch up with the torch — or Flame, as the aspiring rapper is known to his friends — at SFO before…
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News, The Snitch Dalai Lama to Pelosi: Get Rid of Your Negative Attitudes

Dalai Lama to Pelosi: Get Rid of Your Negative Attitudes

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was on NPR this morning discussing China, Tibet, her meeting with the Dalai Lama and a possible US boycott of the opening ceremony of the US olympics. Check out the audio here. Pelosi's views…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mapping Dance

Mapping Dance

Aspiring artists out there trying their damndest to master just one art form may find it daunting to learn that Shen Wei Dance Arts director Shen Wei creates nearly every element of his company's productions -- movement, costumes, set design,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Soothing Screenings

Soothing Screenings

There's no false piety in "Projecting Buddha," a film series celebrating Buddhist cinema — and not a lot of dry piety, either. One highlight is a 2000 episode of the animated series King of the Hill, which parodies Kundun, Martin…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pants on Fire

Pants on Fire

Dr. Ekman knows you're lying, so don't even try it. The top-shelf psychologist is a pioneer in documenting facial expressions, and he's a friend of the Dalai Lama, a go-to guy for the FBI and the CIA, and a consultant…
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Calendar, Night&Day Peace Out

Peace Out

For many, the Dalai Lama is the incarnation of all things good: a veritable bodhisattva of wisdom and compassion, a glowing example of pious living, even in the face of oppression and glossy PR campaigns. No doubt, all the mythology…
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News, The Snitch Dalai Lama's Counsel 'the Oracle' in Fundraising Mode

Dalai Lama's Counsel 'the Oracle' in Fundraising Mode

SF Weekly on a masturbatory feel-good party for SF's eco-bureaucrats topped off by the Tibetan Oracle, who is as qualified to speak on the global warming phenomenon as Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell. BY MATT NOVAK The Tibetan Oracle…
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Music, Dead Like Me

Dead Like Me

I hate the Grateful Dead. I've always hated the Grateful Dead. Numerous times over my lifetime, people have tried to get me to appreciate the band, with little success. The interminable solos, the dope-smoking-moron lyrics, the ridiculous ambient jams --…
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Culture, Books Purty Words

Purty Words

Some of the most beautiful murders and tortures I've ever seen are on display at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. In one image, a bearded man in a rich green tunic takes a tool that looks like sharpened…
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Calendar, Night&Day Time Capsule

Time Capsule

There are as many trite sayings about time -- time heals all wounds, only time will tell, time is money, yadda yadda yadda -- as there are days in a year. But there's nothing trite about the multicultural exhibit "Telling…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): This week's assignment was inspired by a ritual that devout Muslims perform every year during the first morning of their pilgrimage to Mecca. Once before and once after dawn, they cast stones at three 50-foot pillars…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): "I call the high and light aspects of my being spirit," says Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, "and the dark and heavy aspects soul." To his formula I would add my notion that the spirit…
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Film,

Second Time Around

Kundun and Horse Thief Martin Scorsese has allowed that his 1997 film about the early life of the Dalai Lama, Kundun, was influenced by his screening of Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang's Horse Thief, a 1987 movie shot on location in…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Last week I dreamt that you and your Valentine were exploring material for your collaborative book, How to Make Love With Your Best Friend. Three mornings ago I dreamt the two of you were spending a…
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Film,

Raging Buddha

Kundun Directed by Martin Scorsese. Written by Melissa Mathison. Starring Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Tencho Gyalpo, and Lobsang Samten. Opens Friday, Jan. 16, at the Regency I. Martin Scorsese's Kundun is a deeply ceremonial experience, a serene pageant of colors, rituals,…
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News, Feature

Kooky Proles and Gucci Buddhism

I try not to use the word "I." I try not to be too "self-referential" or self-consciously "literary." But this isn't exactly the kind of movie year that makes you feel "cinematic." As I ran through my writing over the…
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