Dear friends in Japan,

As we contemplate the great number of people who have died in this tragedy, we may feel very strongly that we ourselves, in some part or manner, also have died.

The pain of one part of humankind is the pain of the whole of humankind. And the human species and the planet Earth are one body. What happens to one part of the body happens to the whole body.

An event such as this reminds us of the impermanent nature of our lives. It helps us remember that what’s most important is to love each other, to be there for each other, and to treasure each moment we have that we are alive. This is the best that we can do for those who have died: we can live in such a way that they continue, beautifully, in us.

Here in France and at our practice centers all over the world, our brothers and sisters will continue to chant for you, sending you the energy of peace, healing and protection. Our prayers are with you.

Youth in Bamyan, Afghanistan held a sympathy rally for the victims of Japan quake on the 14th of March, 2011. Many marched to the top hill in front of the destroyed Buddha statues and held banners with words of condolence and sympathy messages for the people of Japan.

Above: Map of average penis size by country. (via.)

In Memoriam: Plucky polar bear Knut, former Vanity Fair cover subjectand 2007 headline-maker after his mother famously rejected him, died suddenly over the weekend. He was only four years old. He’s shown here at age three-and-a-half months—more V.F. outtakes of baby Knut are here.

“Our rights are still under attack, and so are our bodies. Women are still abused every day and it goes largely ignored, hundreds of missing/murdered aboriginal women have yet to be accounted for … Women of colour, women with disAbilities, and women who are lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender face a double or even triple whammy of discrimination, prejudice and social exclusion.”

ONCE AGAIN, TO ZELDA: Happy International Women’s Day! And Feminist Coming Out Day!

Shoe-Shaped Car of the Day: There was a Chinese footwear manufacturerwho built an electric car shaped like a giant shoe / he had so much free time on his hands he didn’t know what else to do.

Art Project of the Day: From a series of Smithsonian promo posters designed by Jenny Burrows as part of a portfolio project.

World Record of the Day: Making good on his promise to set a world record for “Heaviest Person to Complete a Marathon,” 400-pound sumo wrestler Kelly Gneiting crossed the finish line at yesterday’s LA Marathon with a time of 9 hours, 48 minutes, and 42 seconds.

“I was really struggling in the last five miles,” Gneiting told the LA Times, “but I said to myself, ‘If I have to crawl, I will’.”

DR Congo blocks Soco from oil search in Virunga park

The Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected a bid by the UK’s Soco International to search for oil in the famous Virunga National Park, home to rare mountain gorillas.

creativity can:

turn paper into a bridge.

Serial killers do on a small scale what government does on a large one

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