VIMALAKIRTI BUDDHIST SUTRA: MORNING PHOTOSHOOT IN ZEN JAPANESE GARDEN, KYOTO GRAND HOTEL LOS ANGELES. BUDDHISM QUOTES & MEDITATIONS.


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What happens when heavy metal combines with Zen Buddhism? This!

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The Adventure Team holed up at the Kyoto Grand Hotel in Los Angeles. Six thumbs up. The renovated rooms were roomy and had plenty of hairdressing space, as you can see in this video. The hotel is right smack in Little Tokyo, which means you’re surrounded by Japanese food. Best of all, it has a beautiful Zen garden.

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Ementhy and I visited the garden barefoot and in pajamas. My tights are such a joke. A small rip got progressively worse as the previous night devolved…

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I lent the boys some of my Buddhist books. Did you know I studied Eastern religions/philosophies while at Columbia University, and even took a class with Robert Thurman (Uma’s dad)?

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The Vimalakirti Sutra remains one of my favorite texts. Vimalakirti is a businessman; he drinks, gambles, even has a harem of concubines. But despite all these heady distractions — which usually lead to attachment, the barrier to nirvana — he is able to maintain a pure mind. His wisdom, in fact, surpasses that of the most advanced monks.

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The sutra speaks to non-duality: no action or behavior is inherently good or bad. It’s possible to be a Buddha while also being out there in the world, living it up.

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I’m still reeling: The Washington Post listed my book Cute Yummy Time in their Holiday Gift Guide! Recommended “for globally minded cooks,” Bonnie Benwick describes my cookbook as “Japanese fun with food that is irresistibly charming.” (You can find more info on my book here.)

Got any Zen thoughts in your mind today?

Song of the Day #262: Apoptygma Berzerk – Until the end of the world (Can you tell I’m on a Goth-synth-industrial dance kick? If this doesn’t get you shaking, I don’t know what will.)

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  • http://DeadAmericanDream.blogspot.com AngryBroomstick

    congrats on making the Wash Po! yesterday I ordered Wacky Crazy Theme Restuarants for my friend in prison for Christmas ^_^

    I've never studied Buddhism, but I should. My family is from Bihar, the birthplace of Guatama Buddha. My sister and I are planning to visit Bodh Gaya, which isn't too far from my grandmother's village. I think it's one of the holiest Buddhist sites for pilgrims to visit.

  • http://DeadAmericanDream.blogspot.com AngryBroomstick

    congrats on making the Wash Po! yesterday I ordered Wacky Crazy Theme Restuarants for my friend in prison for Christmas ^_^

    I’ve never studied Buddhism, but I should. My family is from Bihar, the birthplace of Guatama Buddha. My sister and I are planning to visit Bodh Gaya, which isn’t too far from my grandmother’s village. I think it’s one of the holiest Buddhist sites for pilgrims to visit.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Fantastic, thank you!
      I’ve always wanted to visit Bodh Gaya… you’ll have to tell me about your experience.

  • Alte

    worse …or better? I say more rips = better ^_^

  • Alte

    I did not know that :]
    my aunt was a friend of Uma's parents, and baby-sat little Uma back in the ..70's? small world!

  • Gili

    That's awesome, congrats!

  • Moon Maiden 90

    *haha* rockin out with nature huh?!

  • Andrea

    Hunny you really need some new tights :/

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Those went straight in the garbage… :)

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    No kidding!! He was a great teacher.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Fantastic, thank you!
    I've always wanted to visit Bodh Gaya… you'll have to tell me about your experience.

  • Omnomnom

    Loved the tights – loved the blog. Figured the tights were intentional until I read that they weren't

  • http://www.nakasnet.blogspot.com/ Naka

    your last photo is my favourtie ^^

  • Clare

    Hmmm, I never saw anyone with such ripped tights, but I can say that they suit you!! (…and I'm being honest) ^_^ oh, I also like your hair! I wish to do some nice colours in my hair, but unfortunately, due to work, I can't :(

  • Brian

    I love Zen Gardens

  • Alte

    worse …or better? I say more rips = better ^_^

  • Koithecat

    I've always thought Buddhism is fantastic, but it seems kind of hard for a distracted and somewhat explosive teen like me to keep up with nwn”
    Until the end of the world, I love that song! It's just so dancey prancey, makes me want to go out and disco!
    And btw, the tight rip seems almost on purpose, looks cool

  • Alte

    I did not know that :]
    my aunt was a friend of Uma’s parents, and baby-sat little Uma back in the ..70’s? small world!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      No kidding!! He was a great teacher.

  • Gili

    That’s awesome, congrats!

  • Moon Maiden 90

    *haha* rockin out with nature huh?!

  • Andrea

    Hunny you really need some new tights :/

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Those went straight in the garbage… :)

  • Omnomnom

    Loved the tights – loved the blog. Figured the tights were intentional until I read that they weren’t

  • Alexandra

    How about awefully cute ?

  • ☆風ぶしのかみ☆

    :ove the Kyoto Grand – We did Obata Kaiso's Kanreiki there.

  • http://www.nakasnet.blogspot.com/ Naka

    your last photo is my favourtie ^^

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Thanks! I just did a photoshoot and am very excited by the results… will post tomorrow and the day after! Hope you’re enjoying the holidays. xoo

  • Clare

    Hmmm, I never saw anyone with such ripped tights, but I can say that they suit you!! (…and I’m being honest) ^_^ oh, I also like your hair! I wish to do some nice colours in my hair, but unfortunately, due to work, I can’t :(

  • Brian

    I love Zen Gardens

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always thought Buddhism is fantastic, but it seems kind of hard for a distracted and somewhat explosive teen like me to keep up with nwn”
    Until the end of the world, I love that song! It’s just so dancey prancey, makes me want to go out and disco!
    And btw, the tight rip seems almost on purpose, looks cool

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      I don’t meditate or do Buddhist rituals, but I like to keep the philosophy in mind… it’s possible to do that while dancing around to A. Berzerk hahaa.

  • Alexandra

    How about awefully cute ?

  • ☆風ぶしのかみ☆

    :ove the Kyoto Grand – We did Obata Kaiso’s Kanreiki there.

  • Nick

    i think i have a boycrush on wes

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Thanks! I just did a photoshoot and am very excited by the results… will post tomorrow and the day after! Hope you're enjoying the holidays. xoo

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    I don't meditate or do Buddhist rituals, but I like to keep the philosophy in mind… it's possible to do that while dancing around to A. Berzerk hahaa.

  • Vivian

    Wow, long time no talk! I just saw that your book Cute Yummy Time made Bonnie Benwick's Cookbook List of 2009 in the Washington Post. Congratulations!

    Anyways, wishing you a great holiday season!

  • Miss M

    I love that hotel! Little Tokyo is a blast.

    Congrats on the Wash Post mention, too :).

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    The mojitos at the Kyoto Grand are awesome hahah. And the Zen garden was the perfect spot to take photos. We even captured a rainbow! ^^

  • Kirill

    I HATE the ripped tights
    but I like tights in general
    and a lot of other nice stuff you have on

  • Clare

    Hmmm, I never saw anyone with such ripped tights, but I can say that they suit you!! (…and I'm being honest) ^_^ oh, I also like your hair! I wish to do some nice colours in my hair, but unfortunately, due to work, I can't :(

  • Brian

    I love Zen Gardens

  • Koithecat

    I've always thought Buddhism is fantastic, but it seems kind of hard for a distracted and somewhat explosive teen like me to keep up with nwn”
    Until the end of the world, I love that song! It's just so dancey prancey, makes me want to go out and disco!
    And btw, the tight rip seems almost on purpose, looks cool

  • Nick

    i think i have a boycrush on wes

  • Alexandra

    How about awefully cute ?

  • ☆風ぶしのかみ☆

    :ove the Kyoto Grand – We did Obata Kaiso's Kanreiki there.

  • Vivian

    Wow, long time no talk! I just saw that your book Cute Yummy Time made Bonnie Benwick’s Cookbook List of 2009 in the Washington Post. Congratulations!

    Anyways, wishing you a great holiday season!

  • Miss M

    I love that hotel! Little Tokyo is a blast.

    Congrats on the Wash Post mention, too :).

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      The mojitos at the Kyoto Grand are awesome hahah. And the Zen garden was the perfect spot to take photos. We even captured a rainbow! ^^

  • Kirill

    I HATE the ripped tights
    but I like tights in general
    and a lot of other nice stuff you have on

  • Nick

    i think i have a boycrush on wes

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Thanks! I just did a photoshoot and am very excited by the results… will post tomorrow and the day after! Hope you're enjoying the holidays. xoo

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    I don't meditate or do Buddhist rituals, but I like to keep the philosophy in mind… it's possible to do that while dancing around to A. Berzerk hahaa.

  • Vivian

    Wow, long time no talk! I just saw that your book Cute Yummy Time made Bonnie Benwick's Cookbook List of 2009 in the Washington Post. Congratulations!

    Anyways, wishing you a great holiday season!

  • Miss M

    I love that hotel! Little Tokyo is a blast.

    Congrats on the Wash Post mention, too :).

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    The mojitos at the Kyoto Grand are awesome hahah. And the Zen garden was the perfect spot to take photos. We even captured a rainbow! ^^

  • Kirill

    I HATE the ripped tights
    but I like tights in general
    and a lot of other nice stuff you have on

  • Kaguya

    It seems to have come to Japan.^^

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      I am returning to Japan this spring — stay tuned for details!

  • Kaguya

    It seems to have come to Japan.^^

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    I am returning to Japan this spring — stay tuned for details!

  • http://allwomenstalk.com/ All Women Stalker

    That Zen garden looks so beautiful and peaceful. And yes, I remember those tights that you’re wearing. Teehee. They look crazy.

    -Denise

  • http://allwomenstalk.com/ All Women Stalker

    That Zen garden looks so beautiful and peaceful. And yes, I remember those tights that you're wearing. Teehee. They look crazy.

    -Denise