Buddha And The Beats
Fellow blogger PJ Johnston (Blogopotamus!) is blogging about the Beats: She writes about her recent pilgrimage to City Lights Bookstore, a sacred site for Beatniks, and posts Allen Ginsberg's poem Sunflower Sutra (her July 3rd entries) -- as well as the amazing photograph above.
Surfing the web I recently came across an interesting interview with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, co-founder of City Lights, about the Beats and Buddhism: Buddhism is Not Un-American. He describes the late Jack Kerouac as "a Buddhist Catholic" -- which in today's pluralistic world is no longer quite so unusual, as the Buddhist Tricycle Blog noted last year.
And speaking of Buddhism, here's a fascinating article about His Holiness the Dalai Lama, talking about a world in which a Dalai Lama may no longer be needed (thanks to Sujatin Johnson at lotusinthemud for the link!).
"All the Buddhas of the past, present and future have arrived at enlightenment by this very same method: the spontaneity of their radiance." --Jack Kerouac