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    Violence in Movies: Kill Bill Vol. 1 Paid Member

    Kill Bill Vol. 1 was on TV last night. (Kill Bill Vol. 3 is slated for 2014, I don't know how seriously.) And so, oddly, for the second time in a week I found myself defending it, despite disliking strongly when I saw it in the theater years ago. Aside from its pervasive violence, it is adolescent, pornographic, fetishistic, pointless, and often dull, and yet it is great movie—by which I mean I think it's worth watching. It is a loving homage to several genres now—or perhaps always—largely disdained by movie audiences (rape revenge, kung-fu, etc.) and an exercise in form. It is an unapologetic B-movie. I don't think it's the case that if Tarantino hadn't made it, someone else would have. No one else would have made this movie. More »
  • Traveling Jade Buddha Paid Member

    The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace is an intrepid traveler. The 10-foot (13-1/2 feet on its alabaster throne) 4-ton statue is now sitting pretty in Worcester, Massachusetts (above), in the parking lot of the Linh Son Temple, formerly a single-family home. When its tour of the North America, Europe and Asia is complete, the statue will make it's home at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, in Bendigo, Australia. It's official website reads: The purpose of exhibiting the Jade Buddha around the world is for everyone, irrespective of their religion, to take a moment to reflect upon peace; peace for the world; peace in their relationships; peace for their families and friends; peace at work; peace in their mind. More »
  • Watch: 3D Kalachakra Mandala Paid Member

    Our recent popular Sand Mandala video post reminded me that I've been meaning to look for this great 3D CGI Kalachakra Mandala video that I saw several years ago.  Sure enough, it took about 90 seconds to track down on youtube. More »
  • Beautiful Buddhist Silk Road Cave Art (via National Geographic) Paid Member

    via National Geographic: Emerging from the wind-sculptured dunes some 12 miles southeast of Dunhuang is an arc of cliffs that drop more than a hundred feet to a riverbed lined with poplar trees. By the mid-seventh century, the mile-long rock face was honeycombed with hundreds of grottoes. It was here that pilgrims came to pray for safe passage across the dreaded Ta klimakan Desert—or in Xuanzang's case, to give thanks for a successful journey. More »
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    Nice digs Paid Member

    A Buddhist priest's quarters, situated on the grounds of the 550-year-old Buddhist temple Chushin-ji, by architects Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates, as seen at iconeye, where you can read all about it: More »
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    Shall we offer flowers? Paid Member

    Hearing a poet read his own work adds new dimension to a piece of writing as it allows us to listen to the words and pace of the poem the way the author meant for it to be heard. Such is the case with Andrew Schelling's poem "Shall We Offer Flowers?" which was featured as the dedication of merit in the summer issue of Tricycle. Now, hear Schelling---a poet, essayist, and translator---read his previously unpublished poem "Shall we offer flowers?" aloud. You can listen to it here. More »