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Buddhism for a New Generation

Meet the 17th Karmapa, and several other members of Buddhism's next generation; they're bringing new issues, styles, and passions to their spiritual practice.

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Noah Levine: It Takes a Sangha

"For positive change to take place in this world," says Dharma Punx founder Noah Levine, "our spiritual practice has to be so much more than just getting our ass on the meditation cushion for some part of each day."

Shambhala Sun Audio — Noah Levine: Part One | Part Two | Part Three

A three-part interview with the founder of the Dharma Punx and Against the Stream movements.

The 17th Karmapa: New Face of an Ancient Lineage

He loves art, music, and computers and has written several songs. At age twenty-four, he is deeply concerned about people his age and the world they are inheriting.  As Barry Boyce tells us,  this young man's views will help define Buddhism in the 21st century.

What is the sound of the next generation of Buddhist music?

Listen to three complete tracks from the 2010 CD Dhamma Gita: Music of Young Practitioners Inspired by the Dhamma.

Amanda Palmer: Melody vs. Meditation

There are two sides to singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls: the “just sitting” meditator and the crazed composer. What side wins when they duke it out?

Bringing Together Punk Rock, DIY, and Buddhism

Meet activist Heidiminx.

An Alternative Next-Gen Take on Baby Boomers

It’s time for Baby Boomers to stop feeling so down on themselves -- they've accomplished a lot. But there are still battles to be fought. Gen-Xer Rod Meade Sperry gives the boomers a talking-to.


Adam Yauch: Check His Head

Loud, clever, witty, weird and POSITIVE, the Beastie Boys are one of the world's biggest alternative bands. Beastie Boy Adam Yauch brought Tibetan music and Buddhist philosophy to their classic album, Ill Communication. He talks to The Shambhala Sun about hip-hop, hardcore, helping people, and "gettin' stupid."


Showdown at Punk Palace

It's mindfulness versus Megadeth when Ian Prattis visits his art school son. Will hope triumph over heroin?

Between the Lines of The Red Leather Diary

"When I opened the red leather diary, I had no idea of the world that was about to unfold before me and change the course of my life and that of ninety-year-old Florence Wolfson Howitt."

Dharma Brats

Elephant Journal publisher Waylon Lewis takes us into the world of young Buddhists.

Buddhism's Young Turks

A triple-review of books by Ethan Nichtern, Brad Warner, and Noah Levine.

The Not-Me Generation

Alexis Shotwell reviews The Buddha's Apprentices: More Voices of Young Buddhists, by Sumi Loundon.

The More Things Change

Patton Dodd reviews After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty- and Thirty-Somethings Are Shaping the Future of American Religion.







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