Since 2009, a statue of Buddha
has been quietly reducing criminal activity and increasing community in one Oakland neighborhood.
“Those who are awake live in a state of constant amazement.”
-Fake Buddha Quotes
is your one-stop shopping for all quotes misattributed to The Buddha.
Metafilter's own David Auerbach, who says he's now a former
programmer, describes a satori-like absorption that comes only from things like debugging.
[Two Guys] decided that they have spent too much time in paradise and decide to take a vacation to Japan. Through the entirety of the film, there is no major conflict, there is no primary antagonist, there is no massive plot that involves saving the world or some other thing like it. It is a simple, but comic, slice of life story, their small daily adventures while exploring a modern Japanese culture, such as shopping, going to amusement parks, saunas, and pools, with it all ultimately culminating in a celebration of the Christmas holiday and a ushering in of the new year. Saint Young Men
, a buddy/room-mate comedy anime about Buddha and Jesus that is perfect for the online GIF culture
. [more inside]
The citrus fruit called Buddha's hand or fingered citron
, which "looks like a cross between a giant lemon and a squid, and can perfume a room for weeks with its mysterious fragrance," is currently in season in the northern hemisphere. Lacking pulp and juice, it does have long, pointed "fingers" full of curious non-bitter white pith. The skin is yellow and smells like flowers and bright lemon. [more inside]
Boolean Buddhas I started to combine multiple copies of the Buddha model with simple shapes, using boolean operations. [more inside]
(seen 'round here before
) has organized its third
annual Obscura Day
for April 28. It's "an international celebration of unusual places," from the Fairy Doors
of Ann Arbor, Michigan and the Particle Accelerator at John E. Edwards Accelerator Laboratory
in Athens, Ohio, to a tour of the Secrets & Oddities
of the National Museum
in Edinburgh, Scotland and an Expedition to the 1,553 Stone-Carved Monks
in the city of Kyonan, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
Jack Conway, a candidate
for United States Senate, is catching flak from Democrats and Tea-Partiers alike, for airing an attack ad
against his opponent, Rand Paul
that brings up some bizarre dirt
published in GQ a few months back. At a debate between the two candidates Sunday, Paul refused to shake Conway's hand at the end. Today, the National Republican Senatorial Committee released a response
to the Aqua Buddha
ad. [more inside]
The Sickest Buddhist
- Arj Barker from The Flight of the Conchords does a rap skewering of materialism in Western Buddhism. (via) Brad Warner
offers a more serious critique of "satori porn
" (sfw) Beliefnet talks about the branding of Buddhism
, where it's used to market everything
from mp3 players to perfume
to ... toilet paper holders
Nebraska-born musician Christiaan Virant
was in Beijing performing drone-like ambient music with his Chinese collaborator Zhang Jian, under the name FM3
(mostly in Chinese); as pioneers of the electronic movement in China, most of their money came from sound installations at art galleries, which entailed wiring up rooms with sound equipment. Mulling a simpler and cheaper way of doing this, Virant was wandering around a Buddhist temple in southwest China when he spotted a little plastic box on the altar
(one such possible example), piping out loops of the tinny, digitized chants played endlessly at such places. Intrigued, he found two of the devices in the temple gift shop and bought both. The idea of an instant sound installation was born. That was almost four years ago
. [more inside]
, also known as Rohatsu
, celebrates the day when Buddha was enlightened under the bodhi tree
at Bodh Gaya
, annotated photo gallery
). How do we celebrate Bodhi Day?
Typically, Rohatsu is the last day of a weeklong sesshin
(intensive meditation retreat). Better not sleep late, the bell rings at 3:50 am! One person's experience of sesshin. A lesson in mindfulness for Rohatsu, including tips for beginners.
Bodhi Day is primarily a Zen tradition. Tibetan buddhists celebrate Buddha's enlightenment in May with the festival of Saga Dawa
. Other Buddhist holidays.
Artist Robert M. Place reveals images from two works-in-progress: The Vampire Tarot
, based on the Bram Stoker's Dracula
, and one called The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery
. Place already has several gorgeous decks to his name: The Alchemical Tarot
. Tarot of the Saints
. The Buddha Tarot
. [more inside]
As in most religions, Buddhism's pantheon of deities and saints has been male dominated. The preeminent exception to this is Kuan Yin
, the goddess of compassion, also called Guan Yin or Kannon
. She is the female form of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara
, who underwent a gender shift after being popularized in China
. She has inspired amazing forms
. [more inside]
(Flash interface.) The Rubin Museum of Art
in New York City has launched a website that allows you to pore over and compare Tibetan Buddhist artwork from their exhibits. Use the "Decode" feature to pick paintings apart and learn about their intricate components.
See also: their ambitious
calendar of events.
-- such a sweet-looking kid, the smile on the face of a future suicide. Sad
-- "If she only knew then how things would turn out…" Sad
-- "I chose to kill her." Sad
-- "You could see her personality break through the coma." Life is dukkha
, said the Buddha -- a Pali term that means something like "suffering" or "the incapability of satisfaction." (Or as Mick Jagger put it, "I can't get no...") Here's the tangible evidence
The Buddha project
"The Buddha Project encourages people worldwide to participate by submitting photos of found Buddha, sacred Buddha, ancient Buddha, kitschy Buddha, handmade Buddha"
The Buddha's daughter
"There is, religiously speaking, no reason that Renji
should attract devotion. Her father's position as an incarnation of the Buddha is not hereditary. Nevertheless, large numbers of Tibetans treat her as an object of reverence in her own right."
beacon of bliss
Quality images of a deity to help calm outrage or anxious mutterings
Eat your favorite deity
, the way to your heart (and soul) is through your stomach. Buddha
, or even chocolate Jesus
. These would even make for a nice dessert
. Tom Waits
would be proud.
A few days ago we had the Gutenberg Bible
from the 1450s. Feh. The British Library now presents the oldest printed book in the world, the 868AD Diamond Sutra
, in Shockwave format.
The Buddhabrot Set
is a re-visualization
of the Mandelbrot Set, created
with a rendering technique
invented by Melinda Green
, who further extended it to create the Buddhagram
. [Via MonkeyFilter.]
Rub the lucky Buddha and.....
It dispenses - Darwin's Origin of Species
, Marcus Aurelius' Meditations
, Voltaire's Candide
, Loren Eiseley's The Immense Journey
, Huxley's Doors of Perception
, Lewis Carrol's Through the Looking Glass
, Thomas Paine's Common Sense, The Age of Reason, Rights of Man, and Crisis #1
, Buckminster Fuller's Grunch of Giants
, Descartes' Discourse on method...
, biographies of St. Francis
and Joan of Arc
, Twain's The Grateful Poodle
, and more...
"It is very necessary to begin the study of science,"
says His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a speech posted at the Science for Monks
site. He says science offers "precise and accurate analysis" of phenomena Buddhists have so far explained only "at a very gross level," like time and atomic structure. Tibetan translations of scientific texts
and familiar classroom experiments
are part of the plan. Will the "unending positive doubts and constructive curiosities" of modern science deepen or undermine the Buddha's teachings? An army of scientists who've taken a vow of poverty sure would throw an interesting kink into the current debate
about corporate science
In other news, Humpty Dumpty
put back together again.
Ever wondered why the Buddha wears a toga?
Understanding the origins and symbolism behind images of the Buddha.
'I Feel A Great, Personal Loss' Conservationist Rakhaldas Sengupta spent nine years restoring the world's tallest Buddha statues...
This has been covered by MeFi before but Sengupta has a perspective on the statues that hasn't come to light yet. To think that the Taleban is destroying these 1700 year old statues breaks my heart. I hope I never understand the reasoning of religious zealots.
The Virgin Mary
in uh... well, a format you've probably never her seen her in. If that's not blasphemous enough for you, there's also jesus
, and buddha
models [warning: sexual content. thanks for the link swifty