Traveling a lot this weekend? Long drive, plane or train ride? You can use that transit time to listen to the Dalai Lama talk for more than four hours with neuroscientists and Buddhist scholars on the topic of craving, suffering and choice. Part one
. Part two
. [iTunes links]
If you're stuck at home, you can watch the video
. The video link has the full list of participants.
posted by Kattullus
on Nov 21, 2007 -
Most of us are sadly aware of the protests over the last few months by Buddhist Burmese monks. (previously 1
). To sustain themselves in the face of likely attack these monks have been chanting the Metta Sutta
, the Buddha's teachings on compassion and loving kindness. The Metta Sutta is here
some expositions (dharma talks) on the same subject: One
by Sharon Salzberg who has done much to popularize metta in the west in the last 20 years, and a whole bunch
from Dharma Seed
, which makes buddhist teachings available on the web.
You want to get in on the action? In the US you can try the Insight Meditation Society
, which is based in Barre, Mass., but has lots of local branches. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot
on Nov 1, 2007 -
Three small classes of high school students, one in Watsonville, California, one in Jos, Nigeria, and one in Dharamsala, India, are currently collaborating on "Project Happiness"
. The students are "exchanging their thoughts about
what happiness is, and how to behave in ways that promote happiness all around them," drawing on the Dalai Lama's Ethics for the New Millennium (useful 50-page pdf study guide; positive review from Christian Century magazine)
. In their work creating a curriculum for the book, the students communicate via email, a blog
, and videos (an instructor in India describes the project's focus; a "what life is like here" video from India)
. The podcast
section of the official site
currently features just one introductory video posted a few weeks ago. The project will culminate in a meeting of all three classes in March 2007 in Dharamsala. A book and a PBS documentary are planned.
posted by ibmcginty
on Dec 28, 2006 -
(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.
posted by hermitosis
on Aug 17, 2006 -
3000 feet up in the mountains of Eastern Myanmar (Burma) lies Inle Lake^
, a giant freshwater lake that is populated
by 70,000 people living
in four separate cities on top of
the lake. They dwell
upon the surface of Lake Inle, living a unique lifestyle that seems wholly unto itself, untouched by the world outside. All pictures found using the amazing FlickrStorm tool.
posted by jonson
on Aug 13, 2006 -
"Killing the Buddha
is about finding a way to be religious when we're all so self-conscious and self-absorbed. Knowing more than ever about ourselves and the way the world works, we gain nothing through nostalgia for a time when belief was simple, and even less from insisting that now is such a time. Killing the Buddha
will ask, How can we be religious without leaving part of ourselves at the church or temple door? How can we love God when we know it doesn't matter if we do? Call it God for the godless. Call it the search for a God we can believe in: A God that will not be an embarrassment in twelve-thousand years. A God we can talk about without qualifications." I particularly enjoyed The Temptation of Belief
, by a Buddhist exploring evangelical Christianity, and My Holy Ghost People
, by an unbelieving daughter in a praying-in-tongues family.
posted by heatherann
on Apr 24, 2006 -
"My name is Gudo Wafu Nishijima, a Buddist Monk, who is 86 years old, and recently because of my old age, I finished my Buddhist lectures, which were held at many places for many years, and so I decided to open Dogen Sangha Blog
, to express the Buddhist thought. It might be very short sentences, but I would like to continue it as far as possible almost every day."
The blog of Zen Master Gudo Wafu Nishijima
, founder of Dongen Sangha
Buddhist group. Learn from his video, How to Practice Zazen
, or read some of Nishijima Roshi's lectures and articles
, including the interesting talk, Zazen, A Better Way of Experiencing Pain
posted by MetaMonkey
on Feb 25, 2006 -
Turtles, monks, money, and magic "Secretary of State for the Ministry of Cults and Religions, Chhorn Iem, said he had lost count of the number of fraudulent monks and gods that came to his ministry's attention....Police said the turtle was confiscated from the elderly woman, whom they did not name, and taken into protective custody....The monk was released with a caution"
- A monk and an old woman tussle over a magic turtle.
posted by troutfishing
on May 5, 2005 -
THE PRINCIPLES OF JEWISH BUDDHISM
-- 12. To Find the Buddha, look within. Deep inside you are ten thousand flowers. Each flower blossoms ten thousand times. Each blossom has ten thousand petals. You might want to see a specialist.
And there's even a term now: Jubu
posted by amberglow
on Mar 5, 2005 -