Tonglen–The Brilliant Buddhist Method of Breathing Backwards

By: Tory  |  Published: August 2nd, 2011   |  Category: Buddhism, friendship, jealousy, pema chodron, Rants & Raves, Relationships, women

Some of you might have seen my recent tweet about a beautiful, bubbly, blonde who just joined my acting class. She is beyond sweet with a sultry southern flavor and she bakes Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookies for every single class. And yes, they are still warm when I stuff five of them into my mouth at once. In short, she is a total sweetheart which makes her enemy #1. I say this as a joke obviously. Kind of. Sort of. To be totally honest, the second I laid eyes on her in rehearsal, I stepped out of the room and […]

Top 3 Movies to Have in Your First Date Arsenal

By: Tory  |  Published: July 27th, 2011   |  Category: Film, Funny Stuff, movies, Rants & Raves, Reality Television

Let’s be honest. These days you can go for months without having to speak to another human being. Technology has helped make things faster and easier however, it has completely depleted our social intelligence. I can no longer hold conversations more than three minutes long. I get bored in commercials and have to change the channel. I want to skip to the next song when I am listening to the radio. So I know how flipping awkward it is to go on a first date these days when all you really want to be doing is Facebook stalking or scrolling […]

How The Dalai Lama Deals with Remorse

By: Tory  |  Published: July 26th, 2011   |  Category: Buddhism, pema chodron, Rants & Raves, Relationships

Let me share with you one of my favorite stories. The Dalai Lama with working with an American psychiatrist who was interviewing him for a book on happiness. The subject of remorse was broached: His Holiness explained that one time an elderly Buddhist man came to see him to ask for instructions on how to do a very difficult Yoga pose. The Dalai Lama told the man that he was too old and should not attempt the pose as it would be too dangerous. The old man thanked the Dalai Lama, went home and killed himself so he could be […]

Top 5 Movies You Should NEVER Show Your Kids (That You Think You Should)

By: Tory  |  Published: July 13th, 2011   |  Category: Film, movies, parents, Rants & Raves, Tory Shulman News

One night in my early childhood my parents went out to dinner and left me, my older sister, and her friend in the hands of Evelyn, our dear Grandma. The night was uneventful until we all plopped down onto the ol’ orange and brown den couch and popped in a Disney video none of us had seen. My sister had chosen it from the local video store. The movie: “Watcher in the Woods.” 1) “Watcher in the Woods” To be honest, I don’t even want to write about this movie since it means I have to dig deep into traumatic […]