In Myanmar, an unlikely group of people is inciting violence against Muslims–Buddhist monks. Buddhist nationalists have now killed more than 200 Rohingya Muslims, inspired in part by a Buddhist monk with shorn hair, a saffron robe and a gentle voice: Ashin Wirathu. Though he denies any role in the riots, critics say his racist preaching has heightened resentment towards the growing Muslim minority.
Michael Jerryson and Mark Juergensmeyer, co-editors of Buddhist Warfare
Lucid Dreaming–And Awakening
For Tibetan Buddhists, dreams can be a perfect laboratory for investigating the nature of reality. If you can learn how to awaken inside your dream–that is, become aware that you’re dreaming and even take control of your dream–you can learn how to “wake up” in the rest of your life.
B. Alan Wallace, author of Dreaming Yourself Awake: Lucid Dreaming and Tibetan Dream Yoga for Insight and Transformation
How A Fake Guru Earned a Real Following
Kumare looks just like you might imagine a Hindu guru. He has long hair, a stringy beard and wears a sarong. But his real name is Vikram Gandhi….and he grew up in New Jersey. Gandhi talks about his documentary, Kumare, in which he impersonates a guru whose message to students is that they don’t really need him. From September 2012.
Vikram Gandhi, director and star of the documentary Kumare
Modern-Day Mystics: The New Generation
Preeti Harris and Adam Elenbaas came along after the so-called hippie generation, but their ways of accessing the mystical are age-old. Raised in a Hindu household, Preeti Harris has found her spiritual sustenance in meditation. Adam Elenbaas has traveled down many mystical paths. In this segment, he takes us on on a journey to Peru and introduces us to the mind-altering Amazonian plant known as ayahuasca.
Produced by Tali Singer
Preeti Harris, transportation planner and practitioner of sahaja yoga meditation
Adam Elenbaas, author and ayahuasca adventurer